Prescott part of future for Cowboys

Published 9:04 am Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dak Prescott playfully tried to negotiate the length of his second meeting with reporters in less than 24 hours after experiencing the pain of a last-play loss in the NFL playoffs for the first time.

The Dallas rookie quarterback told someone to pick the maximum number of questions, and when he thought it was too high, Prescott suggested his uniform number — four — and broke into a faint smile while everyone laughed Monday.

Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL rushing champion, can understand what Tony Romo and Jason Witten have been feeling for years trying to end what is now a 21-year Super Bowl drought for a franchise with five titles.

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It will be up to the young stars to make it happen after the promise they showed in a gut-wrenching 34-31 divisional playoff loss at home to Green Bay.

“It was a missed opportunity … because this team won’t be back together, not the same team, not the same exact men and players won’t be back together,” said Prescott, whose 11-game winning streak kept Romo on the bench after the 10-year starter returned from a preseason back injury.