Don’t let Tom Brady fool you. Accumulating championship hardware isn’t as easy as the man has made it look throughout the past couple of decades. And while he’s christened his own trophy case with a mountainous array of first-place medals, several worthy foes have found themselves reclining to dormancy as he’s trampled over their winning hopes.
Now, Brady’s been a paramount factor in the tribulations of many whom are unable to lay claim to Super Bowl fame, but countless others – including some who came before before his time – have felt the same sting of ending up less than the best. Dan Marino, Fran Tarketon, Jim Kelly and Dan Fouts all fell short of title glory, while longtime stalwarts like Kurt Warner, Steve Young, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have possession of just one ring.
Point being: taking your team to football’s pinnacle is not easy for a QB.
But when you sign your name on the dotted line of one of the largest quarterback contracts in league history – which of course includes the highest signing bonus ever recorded, expectations are going to be incredibly lofty.
Never before has Jerry Jones doled out this kind of lump sum to a primary signal-caller, and when you couple a pride as strong as his with a tradition as rich as Dallas’, anything less than outright success will be deemed as downright failure.
Clearly though, what’s expected is the exact opposite. And the man behind the money-making name has not shown himself to be one who cracks under pressure. Dak Prescott been an underdog virtually his whole life.
He wasn’t the highest-touted QB coming out of high school, didn’t immediately start for the Bulldogs at Mississippi State, and slid all the way to the fourth round before being selected by Dallas 135th overall.
His intended designation: backup Tony Romo, whom Dallas saw as its resolute QB1 for at least two years. But when opportunity came knocking at his door, Prescott was ready and willing to answer the call, leaving Dallas with no choice but to opt for his services at the helm moving forward.
From there, everything Prescott embodied from locker room presence, to weight room excellence, to on-field intelligence, unequivocally warranted a rightfully gifted financial present. Which, now deposited, means the Prescott must now uphold his end of the bargain. And if he does win Jerry a Super Bowl, you can bet that whether he deserved it will never be questioned again.
It’s a sentiment that Prescott is fully aware of. In response to circulations surrounding the obvious pressure he now faces to live up to the walloping monetary total, Prescott said:
“Pressure is privilege. I’m privileged that this organization, they believe in me, they put their faith in me.”
His own faith is clearly where it needs to be the most, within himself. Meanwhile, his team is putting together pieces that will put that faith right to test.
So fans, where does your faith lie? Will Prescott be able to right the ship in Dallas and endow the city with its first Super Bowl in nearly 30 years? And if he doesn’t win within the next four years, will the contract have been a waste?
Let’s hear your thoughts.
Will Dak win a Super Bowl in the next four years?
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