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Dak Prescott Impresses in 2021 Debut



Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott not only looked good in his return to the field following a devastating injury that ended his 2020 season early, some would argue that he looked even better than before.

Prescott finished with 403 yards, matching his career high in completions (42) and attempts (58) while tossing three touchdowns and only one interception as the Cowboys fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

“I don’t feel like I say things just to say them, so that’s just a credit to all the work I put in,” Prescott said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I think when you invest that much work in rehab and prehab and just everything that has gone into the last 11 months for me to get on the field, I mean, I’m not surprised about the way that I went out there and fought. Ran the ball a couple times and did all the things that I’d normally do 11 months ago. No, I feel like I’m a better player than I was when I left the field [last year] and I told y’all that was the expectations I had for myself, and I’ll continue to try to get better game in and game out.”

“I don’t plan on throwing it that many times, and, no, I never questioned my health or being able to throw it 50 times or how I’d feel out there,” Prescott said.

“I enjoyed every moment of that game,” Prescott said. “Honestly, this whole trip, there’s been multiple moments that I’ve taken in and just missed the bus ride, missed the warm-ups, missed the fans, missed so much about this game that brings me so much joy. Being down in a game two points and knowing you’re going to have an opportunity to go back out there and play. Just that resiliency — missed that. Missed that feeling that sparks up in me and the fire that it had. There wasn’t a part of this game or moment I took for granted.”

“I mean, this is who he is,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said. “I mean, I never thought he couldn’t have this kind of night. You’ve got to remember, he’s 24-7 football. He puts a tremendous amount of effort into this.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.