FRISCO - Dak Prescott obviously means no disrespect to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will open their defense of their Super Bowl LV championship on Thursday, Sept. 9 with a home game against the Dallas Cowboys. So when he says of that game, it "means more than the opponent and their rings''?
If you know Dak, you get it.
The Dallas quarterback continues to rehab following his sustaining of a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle on Oct. 11. That injury ended his 2020 campaign, and largely doomed Dallas to its 6-10 finish.
“I’m excited to get back on the field,'' Dak told ESPN's Ed Werder. "This game means more than the opponent and their rings.”
Yes, it's still about the Bucs, who just happen to be 6.5-point favorites in Week 1. And yes, it's still about Tom Brady as the G.O.A.T., with accomplishments that Dak can only dream of. (And accomplishments that permit Brady to take jabs at "America's Team.'')
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And those rings? They are sort of the point of this entire endeavor.
But Wednesday's official full NFL schedule release has no immediate impact on Prescott, who in March signed a four-year contract worth $160 million ... and now is prepping to go about proving he is worthy of it.
"I can go play in a game right now and be very, very successful,'' the 27-year-old star said recently, and while that isn't necessary, it will be necessary on Sept. 9.
And Dak Prescott was going to be ready, regardless of the opponent and regardless of their rings.