Why Was Dak Prescott Excluded from the Pro Bowl Roster?

Pro Bowl Shake-Up: Cowboys Star Dak Prescott's Surprising Decision.

by Nouman Rasool
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Why Was Dak Prescott Excluded from the Pro Bowl Roster?
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Dallas Cowboys fans anticipating Dak Prescott's appearance at the 2024 Pro Bowl will have to adjust their expectations, as the star quarterback has made the decision to forgo this year's festivities. Prescott earned his third Pro Bowl selection after an impressive season where he threw for over 4,500 yards and recorded 36 touchdowns through the air, while maintaining an interception count of just nine.

He also showcased his versatility by rushing for 242 yards and securing two rushing touchdowns. This Pro Bowl nod marks Prescott's return to the event after his last appearance in 2018 when he amassed 3,885 passing yards. His inaugural Pro Bowl selection occurred during his rookie campaign in 2016 when he achieved 3,667 passing yards.

Dak's Family Commitment

So, what led Dak Prescott to decline the Pro Bowl invitation this year? Unlike some high-profile quarterbacks who abstain due to injury concerns or a lack of enthusiasm for the event, Prescott has a compelling reason for his absence.

He and his girlfriend are expecting their first child, and the due date is rapidly approaching, making it a priority for him to be present for this significant life event. Taking Prescott's place in the Pro Bowl roster will be none other than Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

Despite Prescott's absence, the Dallas Cowboys will still have a strong presence in the 2024 Pro Bowl Games held in Orlando. An impressive total of seven Cowboys players initially secured their Pro Bowl spots. This group includes DE Micah Parsons, WR CeeDee Lamb, RG Zack Martin, CB DaRon Bland, K Brandon Aubrey, and P Bryan Anger.

In recent developments, TE Jake Ferguson, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, and LG Tyler Smith have been named as replacements on the Pro Bowl roster. Notably, Tyler Smith will step in for Zack Martin, who, like Dak Prescott, is expecting a child with his wife, Morgan, as reported by the Dallas Morning News.

Smith's addition is seen as a deserved recognition for his exceptional performance, given that he was initially omitted from the roster despite earning second-team All-Pro honors. As Pro Bowl events commence this week, Cowboys fans will have ample opportunities to witness their team's talent on display, even without the presence of Dak Prescott on the field.

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