You can call Dak Prescott a lot of things, but you can never question his toughness.
His 2020 season ended prematurely after suffering a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle during the team’s mid-season game against the New York Giants. During an interview for ESPN+’s Up Close with Sage Steele, Prescott revealed he was under the assumption that he simply rolled his ankle.
“Yeah, so as I said, I thought it was just rolled, and as I grabbed it and did that I just was like, ‘I need to get off the field,’” Prescott told Steele. “So, I was trying to set it back myself. I was trying to hit it into the ground. I don’t know. I was trying to get off the field, and I knew it wasn’t straight. So I wanted to do that so I could get up and when I couldn’t that’s when I just waved, ‘I can’t do this myself.’ They came over, they put it back in place and that was a relief, right?”
Prescott continued on about not fully understanding just how bad his injury was at first, but felt immense pain afterwards. The all-pro QB would need two surgeries to fix the ankle.
- “The only time I can say that I was like, man, was when I had to get a second surgery,” Prescott noted. “And that was just because I had gotten my foot back on the ground for about a week or so, and I didn’t necessarily know after my leg was facing another way how it was supposed to feel but it didn’t feel great the first couple of days walking.
- “Obviously, thankful for good doctors and people and medics to just know that we needed to go do more work on it and get it right.”
Before his untimely injury, Prescott accumulated 1,856 passing yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions in five games played. Prescott also rushed for three touchdowns in those five contests.
His pace in 2020 was on the heels of the best passing season of Dak’s career in 2019 when he completed 65.1 percent of his passes for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns.
The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and two-time Pro Bowler is everything to the Cowboys offense that will need him to be great if their defense still has issues stopping anybody.