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Dak Prescott

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Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott is the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. A fourth-round draft pick (135th overall) out of Mississippi State in 2016, Dak Prescott was the first rookie to start a game for the Cowboys since 2004 and went on to earn the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor for the 2016/17 season. In his rookie year with the Cowboys, Dak Prescott earned an impressive rating of 104.9, completing 67.8% of his passes for a total of 3,667 yards and 23 touchdown passes, all of which qualified him as a Pro Bowl selection. A graduate of Haughton (LA) High School, Prescott was described by ESPN as the best quarterback in that school’s history, then went on to lead Mississippi State to the Orange Bowl and its first Number 1 ranking in school history in 2014, a spot he helped the team maintain for five weeks. That on-field performance led to his being named a finalist for the prestigious Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, Manning and Unitas Golden Arm Awards, and winner of the Conerly Trophy, recognizing Dak as the best college football player in Mississippi. At Mississippi State, Dak earned a Bachelor’s Degree in educational psychology in 2014, and a Master’s Degree in workforce leadership in December 2015. Dak Prescott was born July 29, 1993 in Sulphur, Louisiana, the youngest of three sons. His mother Peggy Prescott lost her battle with colorectal cancer on November 3, 2013. To honor his mother’s memory, Dak launched a non-profit named Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation, which were the words Peggy Prescott used to encourage her sons. The foundation invests in the future of our youth by empowering individuals, families, and communities to find strength through adversity. The foundation focuses on fighting cancer and offering assistance to those facing life-challenging hardships. Dak is also an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports / Reuters

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