Alex Smith knows better than anyone else what it takes to return to the football field from a devastating leg injury, and he believes Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will return better than ever in 2021.
Prescott's injury wasn't nearly as severe as Smith's, but it did raise questions about whether he'd be ready for the 2021 campaign. Smith has no doubt the Cowboys signal-caller will be.
"Dak is, I think, one of the most unique athletes in the NFL – and I really think that from like a freakish perspective," Smith told USA Today. "He is such a strong, powerful, such a good athlete. So I really expect him to come back and be rolling. Then you add that on to his fortitude and mental perspective? I think he's going to have a huge, huge year."
Prescott was playing some of the best football of his career before he got hurt in the Cowboys' fifth game of the 2020 season. Although Dallas went 2-3 in those games, the 27-year-old completed 68% of his passes for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns against four interceptions. He also ran for 93 yards and three scores.
If Smith is right, the former Offensive Rookie of the Year should pick up right where he left off. He's currently being considered a top MVP and Comeback Player of the Year candidate.
Prescott also recently said the 2021 campaign will be "very, very special" for the Cowboys and their fans because the team has spent much of the offseason improving.