FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott has plenty of on-the-field goals. A significant off-the-field goal is working toward a doctorate in psychology – and he believes that process could help him become a better NFL quarterback.
"Yeah, obviously it's being a doctor in psychology so it's being able to understand people, kind of know what people take to be motivated and learning each and every personality that I can," he said Wednesday. "So it definitely could help me out just being a leader."
Prescott recently told Talk of Fame Network about his interest in a doctorate degree. He already holds an undergraduate degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State and he completed his master's degree in workforce leadership in his final year on campus.
"I learned a bunch how to motivate different people, how different people respond to criticism or positive feedback," he said. "So it's something (as) a leader can only help you to know how other people think."
The Cowboys' second-year quarterback has received widespread praise from coaches and teammates regarding his leadership skills after stepping in for an injured Tony Romo last summer and leading the team to a franchise-record tying 13 wins, earning Pro Bowl and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in the process.
"As the year went on last year, he definitely grasped more of the mantle of leadership," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said recently. "He has a very natural way about him. People gravitate towards him and people follow him. That's one of things that everybody at Mississippi State told us about him right from the start. And we have certainly seen that here.[embeddedad0]
"It was not an easy situation for him to be in last year. He handled it really well. He has great respect from his coaches and his teammates. He is very natural in his leadership and people follow him."