Giving back helps Dak Prescott put things in perspective after Atlanta loss

Dak Prescott says he's thankful to have the platform to impact the lives of those in need. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

FRISCO, Texas -- On Monday, Dak Prescott served meals to the less fortunate at The Salvation Army in Dallas. On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback filmed a commercial that will air on Thanksgiving Day that will benefit The Salvation Army.

As part of his partnership with Tostitos, a portion of each purchase of Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size tortilla chips will go to The Salvation Army through the holiday season.

“It’s important to me to use my platform and get with the right sponsors, get with the right organizations that will do the things that I’m proud to be a partner with, and that’s what the Salvation Army and Tostitos are doing with this campaign of giving back,” Prescott said. “It gives everyone a chance that might not have much money the chance to give back.”

As part of the commercial, which was filmed outside Ford Center at The Star before meetings and a walk-through today, Prescott will ring a larger-than-life Salvation Army bell.

His trip to The Salvation Army on Monday “was a humbling and great experience,” he said.

“Especially after a tough loss like (Sunday at Atlanta) and to come in and get that kind of reception from the people, it meant a lot,” Prescott said. “Personally, you’re down and out after a game like that and you come in, go to The Salvation Army, give back, deliver Thanksgiving food, it puts yourself in a different perspective. For me, it just showed why I shouldn’t be down about a game and why I should be thankful to have the platform, win or lose, to impact those lives.”

While the off-field work the last two days has helped get Prescott’s mind off the loss to the Falcons, he said his body does not feel different after being sacked a career-high eight times.

“I wouldn’t say any more (sore) than normal,” Prescott said. “I played tough games in the SEC, similar to the one Sunday. That wasn’t the worst.”

Prescott said he re-watched the Atlanta loss twice and has moved on emotionally. He knows the challenge Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles will be even more difficult. The Cowboys play the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving.

“I’m not looking for the easy way out. I know no one in the organization is,” Prescott said. “Coach Garrett loves to use the JFK speech; ‘We don’t do it because it’s easy. We do the things we do because they’re hard.’ Simple as that this week. Go forward and show the character of the team. We’re excited to move forward. The only thing we want to do is get that (loss) out of our mind and look forward. Having a couple of games in a short number of days, I think, is perfect for that.”