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Dak Prescott


Ranye Dakota Prescott, better known as Dak Prescott, was born on July 29, 1993, to Peggy and Nathaniel Prescott. Raised with three other siblings, Jace, Tad, and Elliot, Prescott grew up in a trailer park in Louisiana; with his dad in and out of prison, his mom raised the boys all by herself. When Prescott got older, he attended Haughton High School in Louisiana, which is where his passion for football began. During his high school career, he had 2,860 yards with 39 touchdowns in his high school career. After he graduated, Prescott attended Mississippi State in the hopes of making it to the NFL. 

Prescott had an amazing college career with 9,376 passing yards and 2,521 rushing yards with a total of 114 touchdowns. Unfortunately, in his sophomore year, the athlete suffered a personal loss when his mom Peggy Prescott, who had been his number one fan, passed away from colon cancer at the age of 52.  Prescott was devastated but he knew that he would make it to the NFL for her. In 2016, he was drafted by The Cowboys who needed a QB with Tony Romo reaching the end of his career. Prescott had an awesome rookie year while taking the Cowboys to the championship round in the playoffs.

As Prescott’s career continued to rise, he gained more attention but also had to deal with many obstacles as well. In 2020, Prescott experienced a bad ankle injury that ended his season, a hard blow for him as he was on pace to have one of his best seasons ever. Ever since the ankle injury, he is sometimes hesitant to run, but he continues to do anything to win games for the Dallas Cowboys. That same year, the athlete also dealt with a devastating loss when his brother, Jace Prescott, unfortunately died from suicide. Despite the passing of his sibling, Prescott continues to work hard in his career and is now part of many foundations for cancer research and suicide prevention as a tribute to his mother and brother. 

So far, the athlete has won two division titles and has also been to two pro bowls. He has recently won a Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2022 and is looking right now to be in the Hall of Fame. Currently, Prescott’s record is 67-39 which is one of the best in the NFL right now.


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      Aiden Grajeda was born on June 23, 2011, the same day as Pro Hall of Fame running back LaDanian Tomlinson. He is the second child of his parents Melssia and Andrew Grajeda. He has an older brother, a younger brother, and a younger sister. Aiden also has a desire for his pets: he has two dogs, one turtle, and five chickens. His hobbies are playing sports which are baseball, football, and basketball. He also loves hanging out with his family and friends. His goals in life are to become a professional athlete in baseball and football. Another goal for Aiden in life is to have good grades in school. Aiden tries his best to have the best grades so he can do whatever he wants if sports don't work out for him. Aiden is planning to go to college, his dream school is USC but if someone gives him a full-ride scholarship for sports he will take that no matter what school. He wishes to become a multi-sport athlete like Deion Sanders. Aiden wishes he gets drafted and goes pro to the Cowboys for football and the Angels for baseball. He loves watching his favorite teams play on tv which are the Cowboys (Football), Angels (Baseball), and the Lakers (Basketball). Aiden’s quote that he goes by is “The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.” (Kobe B Bryant ) This quote inspires him because he always tries his best at everything he does

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    Samuel JinDec 6, 2023 at 1:20 PM

    Best article I read about sports. Cowboys all the way.