It’s a good week to be Dak Prescott! After being with the Dallas Cowboys for five years, the quarterback just signed a monster new deal that’ll keep him in Texas for a little while longer.
On Monday, March 8, Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million contract that guarantees him at least $126 million. His deal averages out to be about $42 million a year over the first three seasons and $66 million in signing bonuses.
Despite being injured this past season, the 27-year-old is still believed to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and is now being paid as such. Though he’ll have a lot of expectations on his shoulders going into the 2020-2021 season, Cowboy fans can rest assured knowing they have a solid QB.
From where he grew up to the NFL team he rooted for as a kid, here is everything you need to know about the $160 million-richer Prescott.
Prescott grew up in Haughton, Louisiana, where his mother worked as a manager of a truck stop. He attended Haughton High School, where he played football. It was clear Prescott was talented at a young age, as he led his time to become the 2010 District 1-AAAA Champions.
After playing college football at Mississippi State, Prescott entered the 2016 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round with the 135th pick. While draft order should mean next to nothing (Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round, after all), there were a handful of quarterbacks selected before Prescott.
Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg, Jacoby Brissett, Cody Kessler, and Connor Cook were all selected before Prescott. While some of these guys are starters for their teams, there a handful of guys that aren’t even in the NFL anymore.
While most NFL stars grow up fans of certain teams, it is very rare for players to actually get an opportunity to play for the team they rooted for as a child. However, Prescott decided to be a Cowboys fan growing up. Though he grew up in Louisiana (which should automatically make him a New Orleans Saints fan), he decided to root for the Cowboys. Little did he knew he’d be their starting quarterback a handful of years later.
Along with his achievements on the field, Prescott is focused on making a difference off the field too. He started his foundation called Faith Fight Finish Foundation, which helps individuals going through “life-changing hardships.” He also does a lot of charity work in the Dallas area and with charities affiliated with the Cowboys.
Though much of Prescott’s time is dedicated to playing football, he does have hobbies outside of the sport. Since he grew up in Louisana, it should come as no surprise that he loves to fish. In fact, he’s even skipped out on late-night TV appearances in order to go fishing with his family. Now that’s dedication!