Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott praised God for a gruesome season-ending injury he suffered in Week 5 last season, saying it provided him the opportunity to be a godly witness to others.
After being carted off the field with a compound fracture on his dislocated right ankle, the Christian signal-caller was headed for surgery and an uncertain future – especially after putting off signing a massive contract extension before the injury.
Even though many feared Prescott had lost his chance – and tens of millions of dollars – by not jumping at the stellar offer before being knocked out of the season against the New York Giants, he knew it was not an accident, and that God had a bigger purpose in it all.
"To me it wasn't a gamble," Prescott told Faithwire. "Even sitting there holding my leg – trying to put it back into place – that's just what God's thrown at me."
He never lost his assurance that God was and is in control … and even with trade rumors of being replaced by Seattle Seahawks' Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson, Prescott ended up landing one of the National Football League's most lucrative contracts: a four-year, $160 million deal with the Cowboys.
"If you've known my life – if you've known my story, whatever circumstance that is – I'm going to take it with a smile and be thankful that God has put me in position to overcome it to be an example to others," the franchise player asserted.
Prescott indicated that his faith in God and in God's plan to ultimately bring hope to those in challenging trials is what his injury was all about … not money, fame or his own glory.
In addition, the Cowboys' QB also expressed thanks to veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who last season also overcame a severe injury playing for the Washington Football Team (formerly known as the Washington Redskins).
"To see somebody who's already done it – and did it in actually worse circumstances – that allowed my mind just to go to straight, 'Hey, I can do this – I'm gonna beat this … it's just a matter of time,'" Prescott shared.
It's all about giving …
In line with the Bible's teaching, the faithful warrior of the gridiron impressed how the greatest reward is in giving – not receiving.
"I'm insulted when people say I gambled [on myself] because you get out what you put into something … and I'm going to continue to give," Prescott concluded. "That's how you reap the rewards."