The 2016 NFL season has seen a lot of magical stuff from players emerging as leaders. One of the players that have emerged is Dak Prescott, Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He was not expected to do anything special as a backup to Tony Romo. However, after the Cowboys played the Seahawks in the thirrd preseason game, he injured his back and was put on the shelf for a good chunk of the 2016 season.
So, with having little practice with the first team, Prescott ended up getting the ball and was thrust into the starter’s role well before schedule. Once announced, the Cowboys were not expected to contend being that they were beginning the season with a rookie running back and Quarterback.
Coming out of the gate, the Cowboys lost to the New York Giants by one point. After this lost, people were already writing the Cowboys and Prescott off. With many people writing Prescott and the Cowboys off, it would be the start of something pure magical. Over the next several weeks, Dak Prescott would end up leading the Cowboys to wins over the Bengals, Packers, Steelers, and Ravens to name a few. I mention these teams for the sole reason that they have elite defenses.
I feel a lot of credit needs to be given to Dak Prescott on leading the Cowboys to their first ten-game winning streak in franchise history. With that being said, I am fully behind having him win both the Rookie of the Year and the MVP of the National Football League. If this were to happen, it would be the second time in the history of the National Football League that a rookie would end up winning the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season.
The only other time this ever happened was in 1978. When running back Earl Campbell of the Houston Oilers was named the MVP by the Pro Football Writers of America and the Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. In the case for Dak Prescott, it will be tough to win both as he has competition for both. I know there has been a huge push for his teammate, Ezekiel Elliot, to win the Rookie of the Year.
While nothing would shock me if we get a co-rookie of the year, I don’t think that will be the case. I feel where Dak Prescott gets the slight edge over Elliot is that Dak has been involved more in the Cowboys winning streak as he has played very well, while not making many mistakes.
As far as the case for Dak Prescott winning the Most Valuable Player award is much tougher than winning the Rookie of the Year award. This is because you have Prescott, Carr, Brady, Ryan, and others. I would still have Prescott edge out everyone else because of the fact that he has made very little mistakes and is growing into one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.
I know Tom Brady has the Super Bowl rings and many of the people in the running for the MVP have more experience than Prescott, I feel Prescott’s presence alone on the Cowboys this season should also be a valid argument. I don’t think the Cowboys would be 9-1 and have the #1 seed in the NFC if Tony Romo was still the starting QB.
Overall, Dak Prescott may only be a rookie. He is growing up in front of the entire National Football League to becoming one of the best Quarterbacks of the future. I would also like to mention that I am a New York Giants fan and I am not a fan of the Cowboys, but Dak Prescott is something magical to bear witness to the start of a great career.