Dak Prescott: From Mama’s Boy to NFL Superstar
Today, Dak Prescott is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Since he arrived in Dallas as an unheralded 4th round draft pick in 2016, Prescott has risen to become one of the most dynamic stars in the NFL.
As the quarterback for “America’s Team” (Dallas Cowboys) who plays for the NFL’s most outspoken owner in Jerry Jones, Dak Prescott is one of the most visible young athletes in the United States.
Where did he come from, and how did he achieve so much by age 28?
Fast Facts About Dak Prescott
- Full Name: Rayne Dakota Prescott
- Birthdate: July 29, 1993 (age 28)
- Hometown: Haughton, Louisiana USA
- College: Mississippi State (2011-2015)
- NFL Draft: 4th Round 2016 by Dallas Cowboys (135th overall)
- Height: 6ft. 2in. (1.88m)
- Weight: 228 (103kg)
- Occupation: NFL Quarterback
- Contract: $160 million/4 yrs. ($40 million per year)
Dak Prescott Net Worth
Dak Prescott has a fortune of approximately $40 million. However, this estimate might be low since he has a four-year, $160 million contract from the Cowboys and earns millions more for endorsements from major brands such as AT&T, Campbell’s Chunky Soup, DirecTV, 7-Eleven, Pepsi, Sleep Number, and Citibank.
Some people estimate that Prescott makes up to $50 million a year in endorsements to go with his annual $40 million contract from the Cowboys.
Dak Prescott Early Life
Dak was the youngest of Peggy Prescott’s three sons with Nathaniel Prescott. Tad and Jace are his older brothers, while he also has a half-sister Natalie Prescott-Smith and a half-brother Elliot Prescott from his father’s earlier marriage.
Dak Is Proud to Call Himself a Mama’s Boy
Dak’s parents broke up when he was young, and Peggy raised him as a single mother with his two full brothers.
Money was tight since Peggy worked as a truck-stop manager in Haughton, Louisiana, so she could only afford a three-bedroom home.
Consequently, Dak’s older brothers Tad and Chase got single rooms, while Dak shared the master bedroom with his mom.
Young Dak grew so close to his single mother that he still shared a room with her after his older brothers moved out. She drilled three priorities into her young son: faith, fight and finish.
Tragically, Peggy Prescott contracted colon cancer while Dak was in college at Mississippi State. Even though Dak cared for his mother during her illness, she died on November 3, 2013, when he was still only 20.
In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Dak said, “Being a mama’s boy, (she was) my number one best friend, the best coach I ever had.”
Prescott also said he still writes to his mother, even eight years after her death. He said, “I talk to my mom more than I ever write to my mom.
Those are usually the big times – the big football game, the start of something. She’s always with me. I try to make sure that when people see me, they see my mom’s work.”
Dak pays tribute to Peggy every time he scores a touchdown; he points a single finger in the air to thank his mom.
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Dak Prescott starred for Haughton High in Haughton, Louisiana, leading the Buccaneers to a Louisiana District 1-AAAA title in 2010.
Prescott threw for 2,860 yards as a senior while rushing for 951 yards more on only 90 carries. He scored an absurd 56 touchdowns (39 passing, 17 rushings).
He earned a scholarship to Mississippi State as a quarterback in 2011.
College Career at Mississippi State
Dak Prescott Early Career
Prescott redshirted his first year at Mississippi State and didn’t play. In 2012, he backed up Tyler Russell.
In 2013, Dak expected to backup Russell again but became the starter early when Russell suffered a concussion. Prescott started 11 games, passing for 1,940 yards and seven TDs, with 829 yards rushing on 134 carries and 13 TDs.
Dak managed to succeed on the field and in the classroom while helping his mom fight colon cancer. Sadly, Peggy died on November 3, 2013.
Despite his grief, Prescott led the Bulldogs to a 44-7 Liberty Bowl victory over Rice.
Dak won the MVP award for the game. He also excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Honor Roll.
Dak became the full-time starting quarterback in 2014 and led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record. Mississippi State was ranked no. 1 overall for the first time in program history during the season.
Not only did Prescott lead his team to the Orange Bowl, but he also set a record for most passing yards (435) in the game’s history.
SI.com named Dak a second-team All-American, and he finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy vote.
In 2015, Mississippi State finished a disappointing 8-4 but did manage to win the Belk Bowl 51-28 over NC State. Prescott still had a strong season, throwing for a career-high 3,793 yards and 29 TDs.
He became the fourth quarterback in college football history to pass for 60 touchdowns and rush for 40 in his career.
He ranks 4th in SEC history with 107 total touchdowns and third in total yards. Prescott also broke 38 Mississippi State school records during his career.
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Dak Prescott Professional Career (Dallas Cowboys)
NFL Rookie Stardom
The Dallas Cowboys came into the 2016 draft looking for a young QB to replace the aging starter, Tony Romo. At 36, Romo was still playing well but only had one more year remaining on his contract.
The Cowboys tried to swing the first-round trade to take Paxton Lynch, but the Denver Broncos beat them to the punch.
The team was also interested in Connor Cook, but he went to the Oakland Raiders in the 4th round. So Dallas ended up settling for their third QB target by picking Prescott later in the 4th.
Dallas was lucky they didn’t get Lynch or Cook. Neither player lasted more than three seasons in the NFL. However, Prescott turned into an immediate star.
The Cowboys expected Prescott to sit on the bench and learn from Tony Romo, but the veteran QB suffered a vertebral compression fracture in the third preseason game. Dak won the starting job over veteran backup Kellen Moore and second-year QB Jamell Showers.
Prescott led Dallas to a 13-3 record while throwing for 3,667 yards with 23 TD passes and a measly four interceptions.
He added 282 yards on the ground and six more scores to total 29 TDs as a rookie. Romo regained his health later in the year, but Prescott was playing so well that he had become the unquestioned starter.
Dak was named to the Pro Bowl for his spectacular rookie season and won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year award. His peers even voted him the 14th best player in the NFL just before the 2017 season.
Dak Prescott Suffers Family Tragedy and Severe Ankle Injury
Prescott followed his rookie campaign with three strong seasons that established him as one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL.
His 2019 season saw him throw for a career-high 4,902 yards. Unfortunately, the team only finished the season with an 8-8 record due to a poor defense.
That offseason, Prescott’s older brother Jace committed suicide at age 31. Dak later revealed that his brother suffered from mental health issues.
Despite this second family tragedy, Prescott started the 2020 season at a torrid pace. After throwing for 266 yards in a 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener, Prescott became the first QB in NFL history to throw for more than 450 yards in three consecutive games.
He finished the hot streak with a 502-yard passing performance in a loss to the Cleveland Browns, becoming one of 26 NFL QBs to throw for 500 yards in a game.
However, in week five, Prescott dislocated his right ankle and suffered a compound fracture. Dak underwent surgery the same night, which ended his season. Prescott also needed a second surgery on his ankle before the 2021 season.
Prescott came back better than ever in 2021. He started off the season hot and ended up throwing for 4,449 yards and setting a career-high in touchdown passes (37).
Although the team won the NFC East with an 11-6 record, Dallas lost a 23-17 heartbreaker against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC wild-card playoff round.
Dak Prescott House
As one could imagine, a guy who makes $40 million every year has a spectacular home. He owns a 9,000 square foot house in Prosper, Texas, worth approximately $3.3 million.
His mansion sits on seven acres and includes a guest house. It also boasts a custom practice field so that Dak can work on his skills whenever he feels the need.
Prescott’s home includes a “sports simulator theater,” an elaborate game room, and an enormous pool.
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Dak Prescott Girlfriend
Prescott has been in a relationship with 24-year-old Instagram model Natalie Buffet since 2020. She is frequently seen on the Cowboys sideline during games, cheering on her man.
While the couple has mostly remained quiet about their relationship, they have shared numerous Instagram photos.
The pair started dating sometime in 2020 because Buffett posted a picture of the two together for his 27th birthday in July.