Dak Prescott knows what it is like to struggle with your mental health.
Like many others in 2020, the Dallas Cowboys QB normal daily life was uprooted by the pandemic. He was forced to socially distance and spend more time alone than before, which contributed to struggles with depression and anxiety. And on top of all that, his brother, Jace Prescott, committed suicide in April 2020.
“I was going through depression and anxiety and I was learning what it was, I was talking to friends and trying to figure out why I was feeling the way that I was and it was because I was isolated, it was because I wasn’t able to be around the people that I wanted to or make a daily impact or just be able to smile and ask somebody how their day was and make it better,” Prescott said to ESPN’s Sage Steele. “COVID took that away from all of us. I wasn’t sleeping. It was tough.”
During training camp, he was asked about the decision that Simone Biles made when she withdrew ahead of the team event after a scary moment during her vault. She cited her mental health, and lack of trust in her abilities that day in making the decision.
“That’s her decision. Obviously she was feeling something that she didn’t necessarily feel comfortable to perform,” Prescott told FOX 4 Sports. “And she’s doing a very dangerous event and very dangerous sport. When you’re in the air flipping and doing all of these things, if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, or if your body’s (not) in the right place or your mind’s not in the right place, you could be seriously injured.”
“I understand where she’s coming from, and I don’t think it’s up to me or anybody else to judge that,” Prescott added.
Biles is claerly feeling the love as she stated on social media this week.
“The outpouring (of) love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” Biles tweeted on Wednesday.