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Dak Prescott believes his racial background brings Cowboys together

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a pass against Dak Prescott #4 during warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has pulled the team together in a way that few can, primarily because of his racial background. He recently explained his ability to connect with all players in an interview with Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today.

“I grew up in Haughton, Louisiana,” Prescott said. “I go to my white grandparents’ house, and then I cross the railroad tracks and hang out with my black grandma. We have English teachers on my white side. My grandpa is a principal. And then you go to the other side and people have been in jail. I was put in all those different situations. I’ve been in situations where I was the only black guy. We’re in a time now where nobody wants to see that. But it still happens. Depending on where you come from, it happens. To be able to wipe that clean and see and live both sides, it’s just who I am. Being mixed allows me to connect with everyone.”

An unnamed white Cowboys player agreed with Prescott.

“Not to crap on Tony [Romo], because he has done so much for this team,” the player told Reyes. “But no matter how hard he’ll try, there are just some things that he can’t do, some ways that he can’t connect with some of the guys in here like Dak can.”

“Being bi-racial and being from the country, I can talk to guys like Travis Frederick from Wisconsin and Doug Free from Wisconsin,” Prescott explained to Reyes. “And then I can go over and talk to Dez Bryant. I mean, think about the two different standpoints you need to have a real conversation with both, to really understand what they’ve been through. I don’t think many can do it. For me, it’s not hard. I’m blessed because it’s natural.”

The racial background is just one of the factors that make it easier for Prescott to relate to all teammates. The more significant reality is that he seems to possess the emotional intelligence necessary to make a real connection with the various individuals with whom he works. Regardless of his racial makeup, having the ability to bounce from man to man to man to man and to know what to say and when to say it and how to say it becomes a key complement to Prescott’s football abilities.

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  1. firstand4ever says: Jan 10, 2017 6:01 PM

    This will be a hot button issue. One of the things that I have always loved about team sports is how it brings people together. I never think of race, religion or ethnicity when I am watching a game. I never think “nice block by the left guard on that screen”. “I wonder what his religious beliefs are”.

  2. tonebones says: Jan 10, 2017 6:02 PM

    Dak connects with his teammates because he’s a good person. Joe Montana was the same way. There have been a lot of guys from diverse backgrounds who couldn’t connect. Oh, and one other thing. Dak and Joe could ball. That helps.

  3. ariani1985 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:02 PM

    He is going to feast off the horrible Packers defense, 250 yards, heard it here first!

  4. Purple People Eaters says: Jan 10, 2017 6:05 PM

    Usually when you say “not to crap on somebody,” you’ve just crapped on them.

  5. punkrock21 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:06 PM

    So he’s the first mixed race qb ever? Shut up

  6. PigskinHub says: Jan 10, 2017 6:06 PM

    Being a straight white male, I don’t love this because I’d like to believe I can connect with anybody of any background, but it is indeed a reality. There’s a difference between “getting along” and truly connecting with somebody, and Dak does benefit from being biracial in a diverse NFL locker room.

    As Florio pointed out, though, the color of his skin is only the tip of the iceberg. This kid is hard not to like, no matter who you are.

  7. therealjr says: Jan 10, 2017 6:07 PM

    Does Tom Brady need a bi-racial background to lead his team? To talk to every player on the roster? You don’t need to connect with everyone, you need to communicate effectively and everyone needs to do their jobs. It’s a positive if you go 13-3 and a non-story if you go 7-9.

  8. citizenstrange says: Jan 10, 2017 6:11 PM

    “I go to my white grandparents’ house, and then I cross the railroad tracks and hang out with my black grandma. We have English teachers on my white side. My grandpa is a principal. And then you go to the other side and people have been in jail….”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sounds kind of racist to me.

  9. thecape15 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:15 PM

    These guys must be prima donnas if they can only relate to/connect with people of their own background.

  10. rolloversports says: Jan 10, 2017 6:18 PM

    Just do your job, and quit worrying about connecting with everyone.

  11. dispozblcopy says: Jan 10, 2017 6:19 PM

    Hey, rookie, welcome to the NFL, where all kinds of feel good things feel really good — when you’re winning. Miss the playoffs next year and see how many people give a hoot about your “connection”.

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 10, 2017 6:19 PM

    Sure Aaron Rodgers will care about race when he puts up forty points

  13. djvh2 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:19 PM

    “We have English teachers on my white side. My grandpa is a principal. And then you go to the other side and people have been in jail. ”

    This seems like an odd thing to say, because the way he says it seems to imply the difference is based solely on race. I’m guessing he said more than this. He does seem like a really good guy with great character.

  14. f1restarter says: Jan 10, 2017 6:20 PM

    Who gives a damn?

    Football is a merit-based profession. If you can perform on Sunday, you’ll be respected by your teammates no matter what color you are.

    These days everything always has to be about race, race, race, and race.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Jan 10, 2017 6:20 PM

    He can talk to Free and Frederick from Wisconsin, but he didn’t mentioning anything about Romo being from Wisconsin.

    If I were in the NFL I would make sure to be on good terms with the people that are tasked with making sure I stay upright, regardless of what color, background, or lifestyle they choose to live.

  16. fedora59 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:21 PM

    Mature beyond his years And we’re just beginning to see the tip of the iceberg of what this guy is going to accomplish.
    If Dallas gets a couple of high octane defensive studs in the draft, watch out.

  17. 'boys4life says: Jan 10, 2017 6:22 PM

    PLEASE, ftlosg, Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, Dak and everyone else in the Cowboys organization, please, shut the h### up and stop providing fodder for the media to twist. Even if these are direct quotes we nor the media need to hear about it. Something always gets lost in translation or perception. Just shut up.

  18. hitit49 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:24 PM

    Please give colon kaep and his mixed background some tips about how not to turn a 5-11 team into a 2-14 wreck Dak

  19. weepingjebus says: Jan 10, 2017 6:25 PM

    And he has also defeated a vampire, which helps with Jerry Jones.

  20. bobbyhoying says: Jan 10, 2017 6:26 PM

    Mature attitude from Dak. Often kids from mixed backgrounds feel at home nowhere. I wish him success in the playoffs.

  21. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 10, 2017 6:29 PM

    Part of the problem in connecting is that both sides have to want to connect.

    Sounds like some black players won’t connect with Tony cause he’s not at the very least half black. The comment makes it sound like Tony has tried. At that point, who’s fault is that…. It’s not Tony’s fault. It’s the morons in the locker room who are too damn backwards and racist, that they hold his race against him.

    Then again, he’s not black so he must be the devil who wants to enslave them by trying to connect with them, right?!? I wonder what they think about Jerry or Jason.

    People wonder why the country is divided.. it’s because of morons like this on all sides. People refusing to come together over freaking skin color. Never going to come together as a country and people until that mess is eliminated one way or another.

  22. myasylum11 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:29 PM

    The fact that he thinks he needs to talk to 2 groups of people differently, and separate into groups sounds racist in itself.

    Granted he’s a young guy, but it comes of immature.

  23. cribbage12 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:30 PM

    Well there you go! He’s brilliant.

  24. deepizzaguy says: Jan 10, 2017 6:33 PM

    Dak wins football games for the Cowboys and I do not give a rat’s behind of his race. He could Hispanic for all I care and he wins games for his team more power to him.

  25. bmacwillconn says: Jan 10, 2017 6:34 PM

    Why does the media perpetually push race into every conversation? It seems to be a deliberate attempt to try and separate us by the color of our skin when all anybody wants is to develop a friendship and respect for each other, regardless of skin color.

  26. johnr5169usa says: Jan 10, 2017 6:34 PM

    So he is a mulatto. Big deal, they are all over the place.

  27. bluenose1965 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:36 PM

    Isn’t Kaepernick from a mixed family? That might suggest it’s more down to the individual, regardless of race.

  28. bluenose1965 says: Jan 10, 2017 6:38 PM

    thefatlazygamer says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:29 PM
    Part of the problem in connecting is that both sides have to want to connect.

    Sounds like some black players won’t connect with Tony cause he’s not at the very least half black. The comment makes it sound like Tony has tried. At that point, who’s fault is that…. It’s not Tony’s fault. It’s the morons in the locker room who are too damn backwards and racist, that they hold his race against him.

    Then again, he’s not black so he must be the devil who wants to enslave them by trying to connect with them, right?!? I wonder what they think about Jerry or Jason.

    People wonder why the country is divided.. it’s because of morons like this on all sides. People refusing to come together over freaking skin color. Never going to come together as a country and people until that mess is eliminated one way or another.
    _______________________________________________

    You sound like the perfect candidate to bring us all together.

  29. holidlove says: Jan 10, 2017 6:38 PM

    “myasylum11 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:29 PM
    The fact that he thinks he needs to talk to 2 groups of people differently, and separate into groups sounds racist in itself.

    Granted he’s a young guy, but it comes of immature.”

    ———-

    I disagree. I think his point was being able to relate to them, on a personal level. It’s easier to do, if there are common, shared experiences. Makes for better communication with people, and you get more comfortable with them, if there’s something you can relate to in addition to the reason you HAVE TO communicate.

  30. 1bigtex says: Jan 10, 2017 6:39 PM

    myasylum11 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:29 PM

    The fact that he thinks he needs to talk to 2 groups of people differently, and separate into groups sounds racist in itself.

    Granted he’s a young guy, but it comes of immature.
    __________________________________
    It’s called finding common ground. For example, the conversations that I have with architects are largely different from the ones I have with concrete finishers. And almost always in different languages.

  31. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 10, 2017 6:40 PM

    “Why does the media perpetually push race into every conversation? It seems to be a deliberate attempt”

    Imagine the kind of ratings and coverage an all out racial civil war could garner, even if it happened on a small scale or in a centralized location and you have your answer.

  32. bullcharger says: Jan 10, 2017 6:45 PM

    No question Dak has a high emotional IQ. Great leader and a serious guy.

    No rookie QB has ever made the Super Bowl though and the road is about as tough as it could be. Rodgers first… Then either the likely MVP or the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. Then maybe Brady or Ben. 9 Super Bowl appearances between the two of them.

    If Dak gets it done it would be impressive to say the least.

  33. averagjoe says: Jan 10, 2017 7:03 PM

    Bluenose 65 says: “Isn’t Kaepernick from a mixed family? That might suggest it’s more down to the individual, regardless of race.”

    Didn’t we just have a highly educated president with the same background, who couldn’t pull people together in eight years?”

  34. bullcharger says: Jan 10, 2017 7:08 PM

    As much as I think Dak is a great leader, it never hurts to get those Ws. Winning cures a lot of locker room problems.

  35. abninf says: Jan 10, 2017 7:17 PM

    Arron Rodgers the snob refuses to even give his teammates his phone number. He doesn’t even try to relate to the white guys.

  36. stoptrippn says: Jan 10, 2017 7:18 PM

    Let’s see what trump supporters say

  37. TD Hawk says: Jan 10, 2017 7:23 PM

    I’d be willing to bet he comes from solid parenting. Period.

  38. metalman5150 says: Jan 10, 2017 7:28 PM

    Whenever I want to see a racist, I look in the mirror.

  39. jag1959 says: Jan 10, 2017 7:30 PM

    ‘The more significant reality is that…’
    ______________

    …they are winning.
    It isn’t rocket science or brain surgery people.

  40. amaf21 says: Jan 10, 2017 7:33 PM

    Isn’t Romo white hispanic?

  41. glen1945 says: Jan 10, 2017 7:36 PM

    Dak statement like that are why you should not be making statements.
    Win get all the love,lose and you do not get any love. Did you stop and think that after 20 year of no SB’s and one is in sight maybe why everyone is communicating so well.
    Congrats on great season, but don’t see Dallas holding any SB trophies real soon. Go Pats..

  42. nhpats says: Jan 10, 2017 7:48 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:02 PM
    He is going to feast off the horrible Packers defense, 250 yards, heard it here first!

    ———-
    250 yards is a feast? That’s just a snack for Tom Brady….

  43. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 10, 2017 7:55 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:02 PM
    He is going to feast off the horrible Packers defense, 250 yards, heard it here first!
    ———
    In todays NFL I wouldn’t call 250 yards ‘feasting’ haha. What Rodgers just did to the GMen was feasting.

    I expect a high scoring game; cowboys can’t defend Rodgers, he’s playing lights out right now.

  44. djvh2 says: Jan 10, 2017 7:59 PM

    “Didn’t we just have a highly educated president with the same background, who couldn’t pull people together in eight years?”

    No, we had a president and administration who intentionally divided the nation, and not just by race. They also used gender and issues – basically, instead of discussing issues, just made fun of anyone who disagreed with them. It’s why they lost an election they should’ve easily won.

  45. deuce2222 says: Jan 10, 2017 7:59 PM

    What the hell does his mixed race have to do with the ability to bring people together?

  46. HamburglaryInProgress says: Jan 10, 2017 8:05 PM

    DAK PRESCOTT IS A BI-RACIAL ANGEL!

  47. yourmomapproves says: Jan 10, 2017 8:17 PM

    So unless you come from a diverse background you cant connect with other people. Got it.

  48. skawh says: Jan 10, 2017 8:26 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:59 PM

    “Didn’t we just have a highly educated president with the same background, who couldn’t pull people together in eight years?”

    No, we had a president and administration who intentionally divided the nation, and not just by race. They also used gender and issues – basically, instead of discussing issues, just made fun of anyone who disagreed with them. It’s why they lost an election they should’ve easily won.
    ——-
    So you believe 8 years of obstruction beginning from day one of that administration, and soon after the birth of the tea party and its racist behavior had nothing to do with “people not coming together” instead after 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow, racial bigotry it’s all “Obama’s fault.”

    Dak is living in a NFL fantasy world. In the eyes of White America he’s still a black man. The moment he’s observed driving or stopped by a cop, who doesn’t recognize his celebrity status, he’s still a black man. And there have been far too many examples of what can and does happen when stopped driving while black.

    This feel goody all kumbaya locker room stuff doesn’t carry over to the real world unless it’s doing some charity work. Simply reading some of these comments that in their eyes Dak’s comments reflect that he’s a racist, that alone serves as a reminder that Dak has much to learn about what it is to be black in america.

    A half black-half white man of 60 years knows the real america, and it’s not found in an NFL locker room. The country still has major race issues. And that’s simply reality.

  49. maiphatdong says: Jan 10, 2017 8:31 PM

    UHGGGGG, here we go……….

  50. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jan 10, 2017 8:31 PM

    So the racist black players won’t play as well for a white QB then. Gotcha.

  51. knowspinzone says: Jan 10, 2017 8:35 PM

    Evidently the Browns QB’s came from the wrong side of the railroad tracks.

  52. skawh says: Jan 10, 2017 8:38 PM

    johnr5169usa says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:34 PM

    So he is a mulatto. Big deal, they are all over the place.
    ——–
    Yes, some 400 years after Slavery, every black person in america is “mulatto.” Or didn’t you study history and discover that the Master made conjugal visits with his slaves?

  53. 1bigtex says: Jan 10, 2017 8:43 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:48 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:02 PM
    He is going to feast off the horrible Packers defense, 250 yards, heard it here first!

    ———-
    250 yards is a feast? That’s just a snack for Tom Brady….
    ________________________________
    250 will be a feast when Zeke is also getting 150.

  54. skawh says: Jan 10, 2017 8:44 PM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    Jan 10, 2017 8:31 PM

    So the racist black players won’t play as well for a white QB then. Gotcha.
    ——
    No, but what he wanted to say and didn’t was, we’re all going to boycott the ‘racist white owners’ until there’s equal opportunity hiring in the head coach and GM ranks.

  55. lowphatt says: Jan 11, 2017 2:37 AM

    General Rayne Dakota Prescott. Salute!

  56. lowphatt says: Jan 11, 2017 2:40 AM

    Dak can be a bro or a bruh.

  57. dukeearl says: Jan 11, 2017 4:07 AM

    averagjoe says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:03 PM
    Bluenose 65 says: “Isn’t Kaepernick from a mixed family? That might suggest it’s more down to the individual, regardless of race.”

    Didn’t we just have a highly educated president with the same background, who couldn’t pull people together in eight years?”
    ***************************
    Colin was adopted and raised by white parents. Obama was raised by his grandparents.

  58. harveyredman says: Jan 11, 2017 8:53 AM

    averagjoe says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:03 PM
    Bluenose 65 says: “Isn’t Kaepernick from a mixed family? That might suggest it’s more down to the individual, regardless of race.”

    Didn’t we just have a highly educated president with the same background, who couldn’t pull people together in eight years?”
    ___________________________________

    Just an FYI – both and Kaep and POTUS are biracial BUT, were raised by white people. Kaep by his adopted parents and POTUS by his maternal grandparents.

  59. dallas4evr says: Jan 11, 2017 8:54 AM

    So Michael Bennett comments about how good Zenner is “for being a white running back” no one bats an eye! But Dak compares one side of his family to the side of his family and everyone loses their minds!

  60. fuhq says: Jan 11, 2017 10:25 AM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:48 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:02 PM
    He is going to feast off the horrible Packers defense, 250 yards, heard it here first!

    ———-
    250 yards is a feast? That’s just a snack for Tom Brady….
    —————————————————
    250 yards is a feast, to a Viking fan. Do you realize how many 3 yard passes his qb has to throw, to get 250 in a single game?

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