Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is playing some very good football.
He’s guided his team to a 4-1 start. He’s tied for the third-best completion percentage in the league (69 percent). He’s thrown four touchdowns, run in three more and has yet to toss a single interception.
The secret to Prescott’s early success? Maturity. The 6-foot-2, 226-pound QB has drawn rave reviews from those within the Cowboys organization for the way he carries himself. “It’s like [Dak’s] not even a a rookie,” Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley recently told Sports Illustrated. “It’s like he’s a five-year vet.”
In that same Sports Illustrated story, writer Pete Thamel told a revealing story regarding Prescott’s maturity. On the Thursday before his third NFL start, he was offered a pair of free concert tickets. Kanye West was in town. Here’s what happened next, in Thamel’s own words:
Prescott did the math aloud: Kanye will go on after 9. The show will last a few hours, which means getting home after midnight. The decision was clear. He offered the tickets to his childhood friend, Cobi Griffin, who declined. So Dak kicked back in a recliner, Cobi sprawled on the couch and the two spent the night flipping between a Texans–Patriots game and Clemson–Georgia Tech. “I wanted to go a little bit,” Prescott said of the concert. “But I just think about the perception of it all. And I love my sleep.”
The anecdote speaks volumes about the rookie’s priorities. How many other rookie NFL quarterbacks (*cough* Johnny Manziel *cough*) would have turned down awesome free seats to a Kanye concert?
RELATED: Read More About The Incredible Effect Sleep Has On Athletic Performance
A few days after skipping out on Kanye, Prescott shined as he guided the Cowboys to a 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears.
Some other cool details about him drawn from the article:
- He loves waking up at 6 a.m. and being in the hot tub at the Cowboys’ facility by 6:15 a.m.
- He was identified by the Cowboys as having the highest football IQ of any of the seven quarterbacks who took pre-draft visits to Dallas. That group included Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook.
- According to quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, Prescott learned the playbook faster than any rookie he’s seen in his 10 seasons with the Cowboys.
- He has a Master’s in Workforce Leadership from Mississippi State.
When Tony Romo returns from injury, the Cowboys will be facing a conundrum. But no matter what happens, it looks like Dallas’s future is in good hands as long as Prescott stays around.
RELATED: How 7 Popular NFL Rookies Picked Their New Numbers