STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Dallas Cowboys quarterback and former Mississippi State Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott visited his old stomping grounds to see his alma mater’s spring game and throw out the first pitch at the Bulldogs’ homestand against the Kentucky Wildcats during “Super Bulldog Weekend.”
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The fourth-rounder, who led Dallas to a 13-3 record after filling in and ultimately supplanting franchise quarterback Tony Romo, took time to talk with ESPN about how much the 36-year-old meant to him in his formation as the next Cowboys signal caller.
“He was great,” said Prescott. “I couldn’t ask for a better guy to go in and be under, and the role model that he was and the way that he does things, and talking about the knowledge of the game, nobody does it better than Tony.”
After leading the Cowboys to an 8-1 start, Romo, who had recovered and was clear to play after suffering a broken back in the third game of the preseason, elected to defer to the coaching staff and the young quarterback rather than disrupt the chemistry of the team. Dallas eventually won the NFC East and secured the top spot in the NFC playoffs, but lost in the divisional round to the Green Bay Packers.
Romo retired on April 4 and took a job the same day with the NFL on CBS to supplant Phil Simms as the color commentator on the A-team with play-by-play Jim Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Prescott appreciates all that the undrafted Eastern Illinois product from 2003 did for him, even if it was in the span of one season.
“To have him give me advice on and off the field was amazing,” said Prescott.