IRVING — Dak Prescott had a surprise.
When he stopped by the restaurant on Monday afternoon to cut a ribbon and pick up a check for $10,000 for his foundation, he discovered that the founder and CEO of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux had sweetened the pot. Prescott could deposit $20,000 in Faith, Fight, Finish.
“It’s definitely going to change lives,” Prescott said of the donation.
After speaking about his work with the philanthropic enterprise which focuses on cancer research, mental health and suicide prevention and bridging the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve, the Cowboys quarterback answered a few quick questions about his health and the start of the agency release.
Head coach Mike McCarthy revealed last month that Prescott underwent offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He classified it as a cleaning procedure.
“I wasn’t going to tell anyone,” Prescott said, twisting his left arm to show reporters he was feeling fine. “I can do anything with it. I’m doing well. I am very well.”
Prescott underwent the operation on February 22. He said he had resumed pitching twice a week and was anticipating a normal, healthy offseason. Who he will throw at has changed.
CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup will be back. But Amari Cooper was traded to Cleveland and Cedrick Wilson left in free agency for Miami. Right tackle La’el Collins, one of the quarterback’s closest friends on the team, was cut and signed with Cincinnati.
Prescott spoke of the positive impact these and others have had on him personally and on his career.
“That’s the hardest part of the league for me, watching teammates, watching friends, watching men you’ve grown up with over the last few years, on and off the court, leaving,” said Prescott. “I’m excited for them, their next chapters. They will do great things.
“And I’m excited for this team.”
Is Lamb ready to take on Cooper’s role as the Cowboys’ main receiver?
“Yeah, there’s no doubt he is,” Prescott said. “I think that’s the best part of this move.
“You look at a guy like CeeDee and what he’s done in his first two years, it’s exciting. He hasn’t really scratched the surface. Just for him to be the one, let him be the main guy, I know he’s gonna be ready for this.
“I know he’s already doing the things he needs to have a great season.”
The Cowboys were criticized in the early days of free agency for losing more key players than they could make up for with outside signings. Prescott was asked if this list was better than what was due to start the month.
“I mean, things change,” he said. “I think it will be at this level here soon.
“Obviously, things are not done. Free agency is not over. The draft is not finished. Much of the list is yet to come.
“I’m going to manage the things that I can control, manage the guys that are in the locker room, make sure we grow and start our brotherhood and our culture and progress to where we want to be.”
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