Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he's had several chats with troubled star running back Ezekiel Elliott. One of the main subjects of those talks? Money, and how he could be making so much more of it if he would just clean up his off-field troubles.
Per Sports Illustrated, if you're getting in trouble off the field, companies aren't going to pay you to endorse their products.
"I've had a number of talks with him," Garrett told MMQB's Peter King. "I've asked him, 'What do you want to be?' I've had him try to understand the potential paths he could go down, the opportunities he has, on and off the field. They're off the charts. He's an infectious, very likable, hard-working kid. My point to him is, 'If you maximize your abilities, you might be able to make $200 million off the field, like LeBron [James]. Or you could make a million.'
I mean, say you're AT&T, or you're Pepsi. You're looking for a spokesman for your product. What would you do right now? You'd probably say if you're one of those companies, 'Oh, we'll go with Dak. Or we'll go with Jordan Spieth.' But that's in his control."
As the Dallas Morning News pointed out, Garrett mentioning Dak Prescott is a little bit of a surprise considering he often says he "doesn't like to compare players."
But Prescott is a good example.
Over the last year he's signed deals with Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Adidas, Beats by Dre, Campbell's Chunky Soup among several others.
"I'm just amazed with how he handles himself," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones recently said about the team's quarterback. "I would certainly want to endorse him. He represents everything you want. At the same time, he's very clear, from my understanding with sponsors because I've talked to them because he represents some of the same companies that sponsor the Cowboys.
"And he's always very clear with them that football is first."