Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott refused to support Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, drawing praise from fans who are tired of the politicization of sports.
Football, basketball, boxing, soccer, tennis, any professional sport you can imagine in the United States has, unfortunately, felt the venomous bite of leftism and social justice in the name of anti-Americanism.
It may have not started with former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but it is difficult to argue that his actions have not reflected on the actions of numerous players across the NFL. So much so, major networks such as ESPN have delved nearly into a massive social justice network entirely, with a pinch of sports, of course.
So it would naturally behoove Yahoo! Sports’ Evan Doherty to question Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott.
“During this preseason, Dak, we’ve seen more athletes and players participate in these national anthem protests around the NFL,” Doherty started. “Has the thought crossed your mind about participating? Do you feel the need to do so?”
At 0:12 in the interview, it is unknown if Prescott actually rolled his eyes at the question before answering or if it just sounded like he did.
“No, not at all,” he quickly replied.
When Doherty asked why, Prescott again was quick to answer.
“I mean it’s… it’s bigger than I think some of us think,” said Prescott, “I mean, it’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart and just represent our country. And just be thankful and not take anything I’ve been given, and this, my freedom, for granted.”
Prescott, coming in after an incredible rookie season when former quarterback Tony Romo was injured during the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks, led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, and the #1 seed in the entire NFC, of course claiming the NFC East division, as well, before falling to a nail biting loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay packers with just seconds left to a field goal in the NFC semifinals.
He is the very definition of express delivery—quality delivered on time, and produce ready to perform at the highest level. Graduating from Mississippi State University, he set an incredible rookie record during the 2016 season with 176 pass attempts without an interception, a record previously held by the great Tom Brady (162). On top of that, he surpassed Russell Wilson’s previous record of 9 wins with an over 100 NFL passer rating, clenching 11 games with such high numbers, as well as tying the mighty Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie record of 13 wins as a starter in his rookie season, and finally, clasping an insane passer rating of 104.9, the highest rating ever recorded by a rookie in NFL history as he surpassed Robert Griffin III’s rating of 102.4
Prescott himself has not lived a charmed life with supporting, loving adoptive parents like Kaepernick. After growing up with an estranged father, Prescott lost his mother, Peggy Prescott, to colon cancer in November of 2013.
Prescott comes with no controversy. He is the epitome of “go out there and do your job,” wanting to take no sides of controversy and continue to perform at the level he is with the team he was drafted by. Though he no doubt has support from an overwhelming majority of NFL viewers across the country and beyond, he plays with no message other than carrying the memory of his mother, and a love of the game.
How perfectly it falls to him to lead America’s Team in the world today.