The Dallas Cowboys offseason is a long stretch of time where we all feel like we're starving for America's Team-related action, and we've got a nice bit of it here for you today. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott joined Mississippi State's "Bully Pulpit" Podcast with Matt Wyatt to discuss a variety of things.
You can - and should - listen to the entire 24-minute interview, but there are a lot of highlights to glean from it in case you find yourself particularly busy this weekend. The podcast gets started with Prescott discussing how life is for him these days and what he's doing mentally to prepare for 2017.
Matt: What is a typical day in the offseason like right now for you like?
Dak: It’s a lot of relaxing time. It’s down time. This is my time and my period just kind of to get away from the game. I kind of starve myself from the game right now so when I get back in and when we start working out here in the next couple of weeks that I’m in it, I’m energized. So right now it’s either hanging out with family, video games, something real light… not to stress myself out but just to kind of get away from everything and relax.
Matt: It’s really interesting to hear you say kind of, starve yourself from the game… intentionally. Like almost if you were to look at it from a religious standpoint like fasting on purpose to kind of make you hungry for it when you get back into it, a very intentional move on your part.
Dak: I’ve always felt like when you get time away from the game, you’ve gotta get away from it. When you do anything, when you do anything repetitively, non-stop without a break it gets monotonous. As much as you want to claim you have the energy for it and it never gets old, that’s not realistic. So for me it’s just, it’s a fast- I love the game more than anything. I always want to have the most energy, the best attitude going into a locker room, or going into a workout. So that’s what I’ve found to be the best way to keep my energy, is to get away from it when it’s time and be ready to go.
Matt: What has your life been like? Maybe the right way to word it is, how has your life changed since August?
Dak: I haven’t changed, the people around me changed. More people started to know who I am, more people try to come up to me for pictures, or autographs, or something like that. But I can’t say that it’s just been that big of a difference just for the simple fact that I try to keep myself secluded as much as I can. When I go out in public I know what comes with it is just part of the territory so I’m expecting to take pictures, I’m expecting to sign some autographs, but for the most part it’s been fun. Nothing’s really changed drastically that I can say it’s overwhelming or anything like that, it’s just been a fun, fun year.
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Later in the episode, Dak is asked about his best game ever at Mississippi State. He first cites when the Bulldogs went to Louisiana State and came out with a huge victory on the road (September 20th, 2014), one day later his future team would storm back for their own epic win after falling down 21-0 in St. Louis against the Rams. Dak goes on to say that perhaps his most prolific collegiate contest was a win at Arkansas his senior year. That day the future Cowboys QB would do something he only ever did once for MSU - throw five touchdowns.
40% of Dak's 5-touchdown day belonged to Fred Ross as well, who totaled 10 catches for 154 yards with those two scores in the big MSU win. Fred Ross is a name we've seen come up a few times as a potential Dallas Cowboys Draft target, as many fans are hoping for a potential reunion in the NFL.
One of the neater points of the podcast is when Matt gives Dak three choices to choose from in terms of the best throw of his rookie season. These are throws that Matt has pre-determined and lists them off for Dak. You can listen to the call of the third one within the podcast and see the other two below.
Listening to Dak Prescott on Bully Pulpit lets us get to see a little bit more about who he is. He discusses his offseason life, where he came from, what's important to him, and even how his Christmas tree was decorated a few months ago. If you're a card-carrying member of Cowboys Nation, you absolutely want to listen.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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