As it turns out, Dak Prescott got more attention for the pass attempt he didn’t connect on Sunday, because he was able to clean up his own mess.
The Cowboys rookie quarterback added to his legend by becoming an internet star, with a video of him missing a trash can with his cup of sports drink and then collecting his litter and disposing of it properly went viral.
And since everything else is going his way, people have drawn the conclusion that it was a sign of great character and manners.
“That he’s a neat freak,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett replied when asked what he thought, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I would say that’s a positive story about Dak. Yes.”
That’s practically the only kind there are at the moment, as he’s led the Cowboys to nine straight wins and played so well they’ve forgotten about Tony Romo (the guy they built this offense for). And with things going so swimmingly, the attention to his refuse makes it easy to connect the dots to their research of him prior to the draft.
“Well, we have so many great reports about him as a person from the people around him at Mississippi State,” Garrett said. “We could see a lot of the things that everybody could see as a player on the field. Their endorsements of him as a person, as a leader, as someone who’s had such a positive impact on that program. They were really strong. Everybody we talked to down there. That was a big part of his attraction to us. We talk a lot about the right kind of guys and the right kind of guy at the quarterback position is critical to your organization. The best part about it is we’ve gotten a chance to see that up close.
“Again, you’ve heard me say this a number of times, but we saw it right from the start when he came to Valley Ranch and we had a chance to spend time with him and then once we drafted him when he came in for the first rookie minicamp. Just handled himself the right way. A professional, a natural leader, prepares really, really well for every opportunity. So it’s been great to have him. There’s no question about that. A big part of his success has a lot to do with who he is as a person.”
Or, he’s just a guy who likes to pick up after himself. But that’s OK too.