Being the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys is among the most high-profile jobs in sports. From being the chief of “America’s Staff,” to having the enigmatic Jerry Jones as your boss, and coping with a number of the most passionate followers on the earth, it’s not a straightforward place to be in. However for Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, he wouldn’t have it every other means.
Prescott broke onto the scene in 2016, placing collectively an unimaginable season that earned him a Professional Bowl look, the Offensive Rookie of the Yr Award, and a playoff look for the Cowboys. Even with all of the strain, Prescott is true the place he desires to be.
“I grew up a Cowboys fan, so I really feel actually privileged and lucky to be on this place,” Prescott instructed Males’s Journal. “So to not solely placed on the uniform and play, however to come back in and know the historical past, and see it day-after-day, it actually makes you need to get higher on a regular basis. As you stroll in, you see the 5 championships, so what the expectations are right here.”
For all the eye Prescott will get because the starter for the Cowboys, he additionally is aware of what he must do to get his thoughts and physique relaxed when he’s away from the sector.
“Within the offseason, and even through the season, you must be mentally and bodily ready,” Prescott says. “It’s a protracted season and you must be sure to’re taking good care of your self. Considered one of my favourite issues to do for that’s fishing. I like to be on the water, I like the calmness I get from it. I like being on the market and simply fishing, it will get me prepared it doesn’t matter what’s occurring.”
After lacking the playoffs in 2017, the Cowboys quarterback is able to try to lead his workforce to a postseason return.
Prescott spoke with Males’s Journal about how he trains, his secret to discovering the most effective meals in Louisiana, making an attempt to knock off the Tremendous Bowl-champion Eagles, and the craziest fan moments he’s had within the NFL.
What’s your coaching routine like through the offseason?
I actually prefer to give attention to basic soccer exercises, throwing drills and stuff on the sector. Once I prepare, I prefer to push myself, virtually to exhaustion. I need to be the toughest working particular person there’s in all the things that I do. So once I’m understanding, it’s not a hit to me except I’m exhausted, except I push myself to these limits. As a result of I do know if I do this, when sport time comes, I’ll by no means get exhausted. That helps me at all times be ready, be well-conditioned into the fourth quarter of video games, and helps me hold my thoughts the place I need it to be. That’s how I get myself bodily prepared for the season.
What are a few of your favourite exercises to do if you’re engaged on pace?
I’ll do plenty of work on my legs, I’ll do plenty of jumps and plenty of fast actions, explosive issues. I get pleasure from doing squats and issues like that, however I at all times really feel that anytime I’m leaping, I’m actually getting my legs going. I’ve a giant stride, a protracted stride, so it’s about stretching my legs and hips and getting on the sector and operating bit the place I’m virtually stretching the size of my strides and making an attempt to get extra out of it. So when these huge guys get behind me, I can run and get out of their grasp.
Your division rivals, the Eagles, gained the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months. Does that inspire you guys to try to knock them off their perch this season?
It’s extra vital for us to reply to ourselves. We all know how good the Eagles are, we all know how good our division is. So these are robust video games, 12 months in and 12 months out. It doesn’t matter if one workforce’s coming off a Tremendous Bowl, these are rivalry video games, and none of that stuff issues if you get into these video games. So it’s vital for us to come back again and get revenge for ourselves, not revenge in opposition to the Eagles, not even revenge in opposition to a sure workforce, however to indicate our workforce, present the group, present our followers who we will be, and the way good we will be. That’s vital for us this 12 months.
How do you are feeling the workforce is coming collectively this season?
We’re a younger workforce, I feel the youngest workforce within the NFL proper now. For us, it’s about getting higher every day, and realizing how far off we’re, and what issues precisely we have to do to get to the place we need to be. It’s strengthening that hole of the place we’re and the place we need to be. So it’s about coming in and day-after-day with the fitting mindset, the fitting perspective, making a brotherhood that we’re all happy with.
The Cowboys have some of the unimaginable services within the NFL. What’s it like having that as your workplace you go into virtually day-after-day?
It’s actually unimaginable. On any day you’re going to cross by teams of 15, teams of 30 vacationers, coming by you as you’re going to lunch, as you’re going to conferences. So that each one comes with it as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. My favourite factor there’s most likely the recent tub and the steam room, which is state-of-the-art. It could match a bunch of fellows and it’s so nice to at all times be capable to have that once I want it and at all times get my physique proper. The meals is unimaginable as properly. To come back in and have a full breakfast, being cooked by cooks, to go to conferences which are held in rooms which are virtually auditoriums, I really feel blessed. While you stroll within the facility, you see the trophies of the completely different championships we’ve gained, and it’s actually inspiring. It’s motivating to have all that historical past and to have such wealthy historical past right here. We’ve acquired to go on the market, and we’ve acquired to provide and convey some extra historical past again for the followers now.
What are a few of your favourite issues to do off the sector if you’re on trip or making an attempt to wind down?
For me, trip is simply fishing, which is one thing that I like to do. I’ve taken a few little journeys, nowhere loopy. If I’m with associates, we’ll play dominoes, we’ll play playing cards, issues like that, after which simply fish, get away and put all the things to the facet. Fishing’s one in all my favourite issues to do. I like the joy of being out on the water and never seeing land. I like how huge the world is if you get on the market and also you go searching and also you see in perspective how small you and your boat are in that water. It’s a thrill, it’s a rush, and it’s one thing that provides me peace, I adore it. Then if you begin to fish, I imply it’s really a sport. Relying on what you fish, you must know precisely do it, and hit the fish. It’s a sport on the similar time, permitting me to compete with the water, and compete with myself. That’s why I adore it a lot.
You’re from Louisiana. What’re a few of your favourite meals and what do you suggest for folks after they go down there to eat?
One of the simplest ways to seek out the true meals, the best stuff down in Louisiana—it’s easy: So if you’re driving in New Orleans, and also you’re going by these small cities, and also you see that the fuel station has meals, simply cease there. For my part, these are a number of the greatest locations. The opening within the wall locations, the place the place you’ll be able to barely perceive what they’re saying as a result of their accents are so wealthy—that’s Louisiana, that’s the place you’re going to get essentially the most genuine meals. It’s at all times nice coming off the water from fishing, stopping at a kind of locations to get a chunk to eat, and there are nice meals choices and good music, that’s the true Louisiana to me.
Meals-wise, I like fried boudin, that’s my primary meals to eat. I additionally actually love some smoked or grilled, crawfish, jambalaya, stuff like that’s the greatest. Each time we have now a crawfish boil, the following day, my dad will take what’s left and make some extra of different stuff with it, like gumbo and then you definately simply have that for days. All of the meals down there’s nice, and in the event you’re on the lookout for the actually great things down there, be sure to cease at these locations which are the holes within the wall and you’ll’t go unsuitable.
What’s the craziest or funniest fan second you’ve had since being within the league?
I’ve had a couple of surreal ones. This one fan had a complete Dallas tattoo on his chest and had an image, and one had me tattooed and Zeke tattooed, on both sides of his chest. In order that man ran as much as us, and one in all my buddies will get my consideration, to note the man with the tattoo, and we noticed him on Instagram or Twitter. I’m taking a look at his chest, he’s like, “Right here man, right here’s a marker, signal it.” And I signed it, and actually, later that evening I acquired on Twitter and Instagram and he had gone and acquired the signature tattooed. One other lady that was at one in all my camps for the ladies’s clinic, she truly requested me to signal her arm, after which went and acquired it tattooed. So these are simply surreal moments, folks put my identify on them like actually. It may be wild.