It’s not difficult to see the Tim Tebow in Dak Prescott. The character, the body build, the leadership qualities. All of them match up. Tebow had more success on bigger stages at Florida, but the two players share many of the same traits.
Tebow threw for 9,285 yards in his college career, Prescott had 9, 376. It makes sense that Prescott idolized Tebow growing up, but his relationship with the former Gator is slightly more complicated.
“When I was young I was a huge Tim Tebow fan,” Prescott told the Dan Patrick Show. ” I went to Mississippi State to play under the same offense Tim Tebow played under. I wore number 15 for Tim Tebow. To me, he’s arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest college football player, him and Reggie Bush. So just the fact of everything that he did and how he tough he was at the quarterback position. To me, he changed the quarterback position in college to being a tough guy for some offenses especially that spread offense to running the ball as much as me and him did, that just allowed me to take similarities from his leadership and his game.”
Prescott even added he had a dog named “Tebow” in high school that he had to give away when he moved. While the comparison to Tebow in college is a compliment, it’s a bit of a slight in the NFL. In three seasons between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, he accumulated a 75.3 passer rating and 2,422 passing yards. Prescott fought the comparison in draft prep. He no longer wanted to be the Tim Tebow-esque quarterback that Dan Mullen shaped the same way he did to Tebow in his first two seasons in Gainesville.
“As I was going through the draft process and I was going through everything, I was still getting the Tim Tebow label,” Prescott said. “It’s a huge honor to be getting those recognitions and comparisons when you’re in college but as you move over to the pro level it was kind of a knock. So at that point it was just trying to make a name for myself, show coaches how much I know about the game.”
After just one season under center for the Cowboys, Prescott has clearly bucked any notion that he’ll follow Tebow’s path in the NFL as well. Prescott already has more wins, thrown for more yards (3,667) and touchdowns (23) than Tebow did in his entire NFL career.
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