Dak Prescott seeks to be equally great off the playing field as on it

HAUGHTON, Louisiana — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott earned Pro Bowl honors and led his club to the best record in football at 13-3 in just his rookie season. His future is as luminous as the sun during the summer solstice.

But the 23-year-old hopes being great outside the white lines is also how he is remembered at the end of his career.

“I hope at the end of my career everyone says I was a great player and just as good a person off the field,” said Prescott at his eponymous Pro Camp held at Harold E. Harland Field. “And I think this gives me that opportunity to showcase what I’m trying to do and give back to the kids and change the lives of these kids.”

It was the second of three camps the Pro Bowler has put on from Starkville, Mississippi to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The remarks echo comments made by tight end Jason Witten at his ninth annual Pro Camp in May when asked what it meant to use the vehicle of pro football to give back to the community.

Said Witten: “I hope that’s a huge part of my legacy as a player. Certainly it’s to catch seam passes and hopefully ultimately to compete for a championship. But along the way, you have a great opportunity as role models.”

Though Prescott envisioned suiting up in the NFL while playing for the Haughton Buccaneers in the late 2000’s, he couldn’t have fathomed how quickly his success with the Cowboys would have come.

“I always had high expectations for myself,” Prescott said. “So, I knew it took a lot of hard work and knew it back then. So, that’s what was important to me back then.”

Nearly 750 kids grades first through eighth attended Prescott’s camp and received as much personal instruction as possible.

Updated: June 22, 2017 — 1:07 pm
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