With the recent announcement of veteran quarterback Tony Romo's intention to retire, a new era is officially underway for the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott is now the face of the franchise with a potentially bright future ahead as he and running back Ezekiel Elliott take the reigns of America's Team.
Prescott recently spoke about the retirement of Romo and the responsibility the reigning rookie of the year will be taking on without his mentor in Dallas, via Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com:
“I hope he’s happy. He made the decision to retire; he’s had a great career. He’s got some big shoes for me to fill to try to come in and do a good job for the Cowboys.”
Although Romo has decided to end his playing career and embark on a new chapter in his life as a color commentator for CBS Sports, he leaves the Cowboys in good hands. Prescott has exceeded all expectations after being thrust into the spot right out of the gate last season.
The 23-year-old led Dallas into the NFL playoffs last year as the No. 1 seed in the NFC and was much better than anticipated as a rookie quarterback under center filling in for a proven veteran on arguably the most popular team in the league. Prescott took the NFL by storm and as a rising star has become a player to watch.
After dealing with the pressed-filled environment of his rookie season, Prescott has an opportunity to prove his rookie success was no fluke while no longer having to look over his shoulder with Romo waiting patiently to get back in the game.
Along with the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, the Cowboys will be considered title contenders heading into the 2017 NFL season. The pressure this time around will be high expectations with Prescott and Ezekiel no longer rookies and considered among the best players at their position.