The Dallas Cowboys have come together as a cohesive unit with Dak Prescott under center. The team has found incredible chemistry with the rookie quarterback starting in place of Tony Romo, and it might be more than his stellar play that is the cause of this.
In an exclusive interview with Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, Prescott believes that his racial background allows him to appeal to every player on the team.
“I grew up in Haughton, Louisiana,” Prescott said. “I go to my white grandparents’ house, and then I cross the railroad tracks and hang out with my black grandma. We have English teachers on my white side. My grandpa is a principal. And then you go to the other side and people have been in jail. I was put in all those different situations. I’ve been in situations where I was the only black guy. We’re in a time now where nobody wants to see that. But it still happens. Depending on where you come from, it happens. To be able to wipe that clean and see and live both sides, it’s just who I am. Being mixed allows me to connect with everyone.”
An unnamed white Cowboys player agreed with Prescott.
“Not to crap on Tony [Romo], because he has done so much for this team,” the player told Reyes. “But no matter how hard he’ll try, there are just some things that he can’t do, some ways that he can’t connect with some of the guys in here like Dak can.”
“Being bi-racial and being from the country, I can talk to guys like Travis Frederick from Wisconsin and Doug Free from Wisconsin,” Prescott explained to Reyes. “And then I can go over and talk to Dez Bryant. I mean, think about the two different standpoints you need to have a real conversation with both, to really understand what they’ve been through. I don’t think many can do it. For me, it’s not hard. I’m blessed because it’s natural.”
Despite the fact that his background may be of use to him, his maturity and poise are probably the main reason why he is so well liked by his teammates in the locker room. His ability to say he right thing, to the right person, in the right situation is certainly a skill that many wish they possessed. Especially at his young age.
Source: USA Today · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press