Mississippi State fans remember what Dak Prescott did during his time with the Bulldogs. He will try to do the same thing on Sunday when he leads the Cowboys against the Packers in his first NFL playoff game.
Return his team and city to greatness.
Dallas will play Green Bay in an NFC Divisional Round matchup, as Prescott tries to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl appearance and eventual Lombardi Trophy.
Though no championships were won during Prescott’s time at Mississippi State, he was able to put the city of Starkville back on the map. In his junior season, he led the Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history, and became one of the most polarizing figures in college football while breaking 38 team records.
He accounted for 114 total touchdowns (fourth in SEC history) and recorded 11,897 yards of total offense (third in SEC history).
But according to Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, Prescott’s impact on the Mississippi city far exceeded the football field. He explained as much to the Shreveport Times’ Roy Lang III in a recent feature.
“He played the figure of sports hero and a role model in the community,” Wiseman told The Times. “It really was the catalyst for a renaissance that we’re experiencing right now. Typically, in a strong year of development, we’ll see $40-to-$50 million in new construction. In 2014, the year Mississippi State rose to No. 1 and 2015, we saw a combined total of $150 million of new construction activity.
“It would be impossible to say it’s because of Dak, but everyone knows he’s at least partially responsible. Dak’s time not only brought a new level of media profile nationally to the city and the university, but it really excited the alumni base at Mississippi State. We’re seeing continued investment in the community by alums who live all over the world.”
In his first season with the Cowboys (13-3), Prescott passed for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. He also added 282 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground.