FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott is chosen to headline the Shreveport Times Sports Awards based on his character as a professional athlete. Prescott will be headed back to his home state of Louisiana where his dream of becoming an NFL Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys as a young kid began. His dream came true and now Dak wants to shape other kids minds to believing that anything is possible if you work hard and set your mind towards a goal.
Dak Prescott is a role model for kids all over the country that dreams do come true and his humble nature and character on and off the field gave him the position of handing awards to young athletes striving to succeed like he has done. He will be the guest of honor at the 2018 Shreveport Times Sports Awards distributing over 40 awards to 500 of the year’s best high school athletes and coaches, and who is better selected for the job than the young Louisiana kid that had the faith and determination to create his dreams.
Prescott returned home for the first time as a professional to host a football camp at Haughton High School in Louisiana where it all started and he said, “ It’s special to be here. I was one of these kids not too long ago. To be in this position and platform to come back and give them a camp to change some lives and make some days better.”
During the same period these high school athletes are currently in, Dak dealt with his mother Peggy breaking the news to him that she had Stage 4 colon cancer in 2012 before his redshirt freshman year of college at Mississippi State. She passed away in November 2013 but her memory and love is what drives “America’s Team” QB. He wears the number 4 on his jersey in memory of her birthday and after every TD he points up to her in heaven. He understands the difficulty that kids go through and the importance of people investing in their lives and supporting them, the way Dak’s mother supported him.
In an interview with Tom Landry Jr. he discussed Dak with me and stated he (Dak) “ is a class act athlete and a man of great character.” He recalled the story to me of Dak throwing a water cup away on the sidelines during a game, but he missed the trashcan. However, instead of leaving the cup like most pro-athletes would, he walked over picked up the cup and threw it in the trashcan. Both of us agreed that the simpleness of that act showed the kind of man and role model that Dak Prescott is. He is the QB of “America’s Team,” but his heart and humbleness off the field is what sets him apart and is what will leave a lasting impression on the kids he comes in contact with.
Brianna Dix graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications. She is a reporter, writer, host, and avid sports fan with a passion for sports.