DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has faced more personal challenges than most NFL quarterbacks throughout his time in the sport.
At just 20-years-old, and in the midst of his sophomore season at Mississippi State, he lost his mother Peggy to colon cancer. She was 52-years-old.
Just seven years later, Prescott was forced to say goodbye to another family member, when his brother Jace died by suicide in April of 2020.
Prescott's father, Nathaniel, woke him to inform him of the news.
Prescott recently sat down for an interview for In Depth with Graham Bessinger, where he discussed his brother's passing.
“Obviously tears and tears and tears,” Prescott said of his reaction. “I mean, I sat there and tried to gather what had happened, and wanted to ask why for so many reasons.”
For many, the first question after an event like this is "Why?". For Prescott, however, it was clear that the mental burdens Jace was suffering from were taking their toll on him.
“As much as you ask why, I knew my brother,’’ Prescott said. “He had a lot of burdens on him. He had a lot of tough things and my sense of saying that is it showed me how vulnerable we have to be as humans, how open we have to be. Our adversities, our struggles [and] what we go through is always gonna be too much for ourselves [and] maybe even one or two people, but never too much for a community or family you love. So you have to share those things."
Jace was the primary caregiver for Peggy during her battle while Dak was away at Mississippi State, where she instructed him to stay and pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.
"He saw the times where she would have to spend probably 10-plus hours throwing up and this and that, and saw the medicine she had to take,’’ Prescott said. “Almost, you can’t even put into words, the burden. I mean, it’s something only Jace knew. And he didn’t necessarily share that.”
Throughout the rest of his football career, Jace had always been there. Jace was the inspiration for Dak to pick up a football. He was, by Dak's own admission, his best friend.
Now, for the first time in his life, Prescott will be forced to take the field without Jace, as he begins the 2020 season with his own set of burdens to shoulder.