Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is dealing with the physical toll of a calf injury, and the emotional toll of losing his grandmother.
Prescott honored his grandmother on Friday in an Instagram message with the caption, “I promise to Make you Proud!”
Margaret Ebarb, who was Prescott’s grandmother, passed away this week. She was instrumental in helping Dak and his family cope after their mother passed away in 2013 from colon cancer.
It’s unclear if Prescott will be available to play a game in Ebarb’s honor on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings, as he’s dealing with a calf injury. Per the Cowboys, he will be a game-time decision. Obviously, some things are more important than football.
Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott mourns death of grandmother
Dak has dealt with a lot of family-related adversity over the last few years, most notably the loss of his middle brother Jace to suicide in 2020.
Prescott’s relationship with his grandmother was always very public, as after Week 6 in his rookie season, Dak bypassed a late-night television opportunity and a chance at endorsements to go home to Louisiana and spend time with Ebarb.
“It’s football and family,” Prescott said. “That’s what I focus on. If I have time to get away and spend time with my family that I’m not going to get to do for awhile that I haven’t done for a while. I’m going to take advantage of it. It’s more important to me to spend time with my family than go with those deals.”
Our thoughts go out to the Prescott family during this difficult time.