Having been on many teams throughout my life, I know the bond that is created with teammates. The players that you barely know on day one soon become your best friends and some even family. You spend countless hours practicing and going over plays and schemes. You see each other at your best and your worst. You go through the ups and downs together. When you both experience success, it can make you bitter because the spotlight is not all yours. Instead, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott did the opposite. They each rose to their own stardom, yet they respected each other. This was especially seen during the NFL Honors ceremony.
February 4, 2017 was a special night for a few professional football players. They received awards that had been hard earned all season long. The Dallas Cowboys won quite a few of the awards (which of course made me happy!). A notable winner was Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott, receiving the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. This came as a shock to many because the favorite all season long was his running back, Ezekiel Elliott, who led the league in rushing yards all season long. Even though they were competitors for this award, there was no contempt between them. As Prescott came up to accept the award, he invited Elliott to come up with him. The first thing he said was, “Do we have a knife so I can cut this in half?” This did not surprise me at all. This simply is an extension of his character. All season he, as well as Elliott, have been very professional, mature, respectful, and respectable. This was simply another example.
Saturday night was somewhat of a rare occasion because normally competition can bring division, even to the closest of friends. Prescott and Elliott embraced the competitiveness. They enjoyed the journey and came out great friends on the other side. Prescott realized how much Elliott helped him earn this award. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” This verse seems to have been embraced by Prescott and Elliott. They have stuck together during their rookie year and helped each other along. It really didn’t matter who won the award Saturday night because they knew they earned the award together. It is better to have someone to share life and its accomplishments with, than to get to the end and realize that you really are all alone.