Most people know about Dak Prescott’s successes on the field. He’s the Mississippi State quarterback thrust into the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback role as a rookie and went 13-3 in the regular season.
What some don’t know is that he has struggled in aspects of his life off the field, particularly in making ends meet back when he was caring for his mother Peggy.
She died from colon cancer in November 2013, but Prescott holds her memory close, even on the field, as he told Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas this week.
After her death, he would catapult Mississippi State to the No. 1 ranking for five weeks during the fall of 2014, and he’d earn the most important job in Dallas, where he changed his jersey to No. 4 in honor of Peggy’s birthday. …
“After my mom got sick, she told me, ‘Allow me to be your story. All the greats have a story,’ ” Prescott says. “At that time I was like, ‘Hell no, I don’t need a story if that means my mom is sick.’ But fast forward, and that’s what I’m going to do. Because that was her — I wouldn’t say wish — that was more so her command to me.”
Earlier this season the second-year pro wore special cleats to raise awareness about various forms of cancer. Last season he wore cleats that said “Mom” and promoted colon cancer awareness; cleats that were eventually sold for $4,000 to raise money for colon cancer awareness, according to the SI story. He even launched his own nonprofit last offseason, inspired by his mother’s words she used to fight the disease.
He also announced this offseason the launch of his own nonprofit, with an emphasis on cancer awareness; the name is the Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation, invoking the three words Peggy used to encourage her three sons.
While winning football games matters to him, it’s clear Prescott also has a big heart off the field, as well.