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Dak Prescott Nominated for 2021 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

is the nominee for the 2021 award. His work in mental health awareness for the public and in removing the stigma around mental health discussions in professional sports made him an easy choice.

Each team puts up one of their players as a team winner, and then an overall recipient is selected among that group. The award, started in 1970, recognizes philanthropic and humanitarian efforts outside of football but also excellence on the field.

The Cowboys' last Man of the Year was in 2012. was recognized in 1997 and received it in 1978.

Especially now during the pandemic, mental health has been a major issue for entire society. It hit home for Prescott in 2020 when his older brother Jace committed suicide.

Dak opened up last year about his struggles dealing with Jace's death and overall mental health. This led to open dialogue in other sectors of the sports world and even an on-field meeting between Prescott and Falcons TE Hayden Hurst last year, captured by media, where Hurst thanked Dak for his honesty and promised to help the cause.

Even if he's not ultimately picked among his 32 peers, Dak Prescott deserves all the praise for his efforts towards this important cause.

Jess Haynie
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!

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