Late in the Cowboys’ 27-17 win Sunday vs. the Ravens, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott drew rave reviews for a late-game decision he made. The rookie QB tried to throw out a paper cup, missed the trash can, and responded as any upstanding citizen should — by getting up, picking the cup of the ground, and throwing it in the trash.
It may seem small but this video says a lot about Dak Prescott. pic.twitter.com/kzUNRKP5bb— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 20, 2016
As one would expect, Prescott received near-universal acclaim from coaches and pundits alike. A major breaking news story like this one clearly heralded a question to Jason Garrett at his postgame news conference. When asked about Prescott’s clear regard for keeping the Cowboys sideline clean and beautiful, Garrett joked that it suggests “that he’s a neat freak,” according to reporting from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Garrett continued by noting that Prescott’s heroic act of picking up the paper cup and throwing it out reflects the kind of character the Cowboys expected from the rookie when they drafted him.
“Well, we have so many great reports about him as a person from the people around him at Mississippi State,” Garrett said. “We could see a lot of the things that everybody could see as a player on the field. Their endorsements of him as a person, as a leader, as someone who’s had such a positive impact on that program. They were really strong. Everybody we talked to down there. That was a big part of his attraction to us.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also likes to pick up loose trash, praised Prescott, saying that he was “proud of him for doing that.” Jones added, "I'll bet you one thing, that mobile home he grew up in, it might have been modest, but I'll bet it was clean."
Prescott had a pretty great comment in regards to people going crazy over him picking up his trash, saying, "Uh, more people need to pick up their trash if it was that big of a deal," Prescott said via ESPN’s Todd Archer. "I just simply missed the garbage can and didn't think much of it. Get up and put my trash where it belongs."
The extolling of Prescott extended beyond the Cowboys organization, as Twitter users also shared kind words about the rookie for his commitment to the threat of litter.
Dak Prescott missed the trash can with his drink cup, got off the bench, picked it up and put it away properly. Young man was raised right.— Jack Stallard (@lnjsports) November 20, 2016
Dak Prescott just threw his empty water bottle at the trash can, missed, then got up and picked it up himself. I think he's going to be ok.— Bucky Isotope (@BuckyIsotope) November 20, 2016
Yet again, Prescott has provided people with an example of the “intangibles” scouts and teammates alike have noted. If a correlation between actually throwing out your trash and making the Super Bowl exists, Cowboys fans can likely rest easy now.