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Charles Haley Compares Dak Prescott to Legendary Quarterback

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Charles Haley Compares Dak Prescott to Legendary Quarterback

While producing arguably the greatest rookie season in the history of NFL quarterbacks, Dak Prescott was compared more than once to the great Tom Brady. A few days ago, Hall-of-Fame pass rusher Charles Haley threw out another big name as a Prescott comparable; the legendary Joe Montana.

One of the most feared pass rushers of all time, Haley spent a career sizing up quarterbacks. He also had the fortune of being teammates of Montana, Troy Aikman, and Steve Young. He’s seen the best of the best at work, giving his endorsement plenty of weight.

Charles Haley, Hall of Fame

Charles Haley at his 2015 Hall of Fame induction

In a recent interview with Dallas-Forth Worth’s NBC 5, Haley said that Dak’s personality and approach to the game reminded him Montana. Haley and Montana played together from 1986 to 1991, after which Haley was traded to the Dallas Cowboys and became a key component in their Super Bowl teams of the 90s.

Haley’s admiration of Prescott shined through his comments, both in the comparisons to Montana and his general observation of Dak:

“Dak reminds me of Joe. He’s funny. He’s charismatic… They had something to prove to prove. They had a chip on their shoulder.”

“The more I’m around him, he has so much confidence.”

“He came from nothing like me… How can you hurt someone who came from nothing?”

Like Dak, Joe Montana did not the enter the NFL with first-round glamour. He was taken with the last pick in the third round of the 1979 draft and backed up Steve DeBerg for his rookie season. Montana took the starting job midway through 1980 and went on to win four Super Bowls and become one of the biggest stars in the history of sports. If you were alive in the 80s, you saw Montana’s face everywhere.

Joe Montana

QB Joe Montana

Knowing that Charles Haley was also a teammate of Troy Aikman and Steve Young, it says something that he went right to the top by comparing Dak to Montana. As good as Aikman and Young were, there’s no question that Montana stands above them in terms of overall NFL legacy.

Based on their Super Bowl championships, late-game heroics, and sustained success, many have argued that Joe Montana and Tom Brady are the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.  That Prescott has been compared to both of them really is remarkable, especially when that endorsement comes from former players. The talking heads of the media are prone to hyperbole, but ex-players are generally more reserved with their praise.

Dak Prescott earned respect beyond just the plays on the field. There is no tougher job in sports than being the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. It is the ultimate form of athletic pressure, and so far Dak has emerged from it like a diamond. Other players clearly take note, which is why he was voted 14th in the this year’s NFL Top 100.

Dak Prescott

QB Dak Prescott

Obviously, Dak has a lot of work to do to keep those Montana and Brady comparisons coming. Super Bowl Championships defined their legacies, and is also the standard that Cowboys Nation expects. Championships are what make Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman stand above Tony Romo and Danny White.

Clearly, Charles Haley believes in Dak Prescott’s potential to meet those expectations:

“When you listen to players talk, they talk big about Dak. Because he’s a man of character, and a man of strength, and a man of conviction.”

Without question, most of us who watched Prescott last year share that confidence. Like Haley, we see greatness in Dak’s future. At the end of his career, we hope that his name will be right there with Brady, Montana, and any other who is argued as the greatest quarterback to ever play.

Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

3 Comments
  • John Williams

    people will have no idea how happy and excited this makes me feel. As a former 49ers fan, Montana was my guy growing up in the 80’s and then I followed him to the Chiefs in the 90’s. When I played backyard football, I was all about Joe Montana. While my friends would want to throw it deep, I was throwing drag and slant routes and moving us down the field every time we had the ball. Pick em apart in the short game and when they started cheating up beat them deep.

    There is no way to know at this moment if Dak will end up with anywhere close to the same legacy, but those comparisons cannot be ignored.

    4 and 5 Super Bowls for Joe and Tom respectively are going to be hard to come close to for any quarterback, but with the roster that Dallas has been building, I think they will be competing for titles for the length of Dak’s career.

    • Jess Haynie

      it is very encouraging. I don’t think guys would throw out Montana’s name loosely. That’s basically like the Michael Jordan comparison in NBA.

      • John Williams

        No doubt. That’s what makes it so exciting. I think the quality that stands out the most with both of those guys is their composure. Montana’s is legendary. Dak has already shown that he isn’t rattled by the situation. I can’t wait to see what he has for us in year two.

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