Dak Prescott and Maturity – The Dallas Cowboys Way
Dak Prescott is such a player demonstrating, so far at least, maturity beyond his years in dealing with the spotlight suddenly thrust upon him. His attention to detail in the football classroom shown so far in a career still in its infancy is nothing short of miraculous in the midst of the constant production of drama on and off the field emanating from the Cowboys’ front office.
Yes, such maturity used to be seen more regularly within the ranks of Cowboys’ players with the occasional bright light of regimented priorities standing out like the North Star at midnight. Roger Staubach, he of impeccable character, is that one shining example of priorities identified and acted upon, his Navy commitment leading him to the ravages of Vietnam in the 60’s. For the clear-cut mind of Landry’s engineering background, such an obviously mature outlook as Staubach’s on and off the field had to be seen as nothing short of Divine Assistance.
But the legacy of Landry and Staubach left such lofty expectations. Fortunately, that legacy was continued in the leadership prowess and commitment of one Jimmy Johnson and his on-the-field general, Troy Aikman. With the accolades of winning back to back championships producing a special brew and aroma converting the most stolid and objective personality into a walking stupor just as special for its stamina and staying power. Jerry Jones proved powerless under it’s influence.
With this special stupor came the equally staggering reality of a man viewing himself as the center of the Cowboys’ universe. Not only did Jones
consider himself the Owner, but also the Creator of all things Cowboys. So began the continuing task of creating a never ending drama of chasing the championship, viewing as insignificant the fact that all past Lombardi Trophies were achieved using a vastly different blueprint, one that never directly involved an intrusive Owner and General Manager in on-the-field-activities and decisions.
The result has been the most disorganized, yet highly popular, organization of sports futility of the past two decades.
It is this disorganized mess that Dak Prescott must deal with as the next leader of America’s Team, a role he could never have envisioned as immediately accessible, being third on the depth chart entering Training Camp. So far, deal with it is exactly what Prescott has done, with all the mature calmness and ability that even the most experienced of veterans must find amazing.
And the side effects of that special brew that has most reeling from very nearness? Nary a sign that Prescott has experienced even one waft of its
Why? Well, lets just say that Dak is too busy taking care of business. On-the-field business, that is. He’s too busy studying tape, game plans, playbooks, etc. Too busy shrugging off rich endorsements and time consuming appearances and other related activities. On-the-field football is first.
What is being viewed by the most dedicated of Cowboys’ fans is another legacy at work, a legacy created by a committed mother who taught her son how to address life and its varied challenges. Of course, one of those challenges is still at work in the life of Dak. With the death of his mother in 2013 came the reality that life was, indeed, challenging. Yet, the lessons of his mother are an ever present reality, revisited every time he texts his mother, whose lessons live on in the heart of her son and in the way he demonstrates her lessons in, on and around the football field.
It is these lessons we are viewing as Cowboys fans. It is these lessons that we hope to watch blossom into success. For, whether we realize it or not, we are watching a return to the past, a past that was successful for certain reasons, reasons that never denied reality, but instead, worked according to reality, a reality that has constantly proven successful in Cowboys’ history.
Let’s hope that history repeats itself. Go Dak! Go Cowboys!