Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy praises Dak Prescott for opening up about mental health

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy praised quarterback Dak Prescott on Friday for opening up about his struggles with depression and anxiety. 

McCarthy did not mention Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless, who drew ire on Thursday for criticizing Prescott's mental toughness. Prescott recently opened up about his mental health following the loss of his brother, Jace, to suicide in April. Bayless said on his show, "Undisputed," that he "doesn't have sympathy" for Prescott and later doubled down on his stance. 

McCarthy felt otherwise. 

"I think he's a remarkable young man," McCarthy said on a Zoom call. "I know upon my arrival you hear so many great things about him, and I can't say enough about him just in my personal interaction since we started working together. He impresses me at every turn. I think his strength, his ability to be transparent on his personal challenges that he's fighting through. … I think it shows tremendous strength.

"I admire him for it, and I just think it's another great example of what a tremendous leader that he is and the qualities that he has that he's able to express that in today's world."

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on as quarterback Dak Prescott (4) works a passing drill. (Photo: LM Otero, AP)

Prescott said in a recent interview that, "before I can lead, I have to make sure my mind is in the right place to do that and lead people to where they want to be. I think that it’s important to be vulnerable."

McCarthy, who became the Cowboys coach in January and previously coached the Green Bay Packers, echoed that sentiment. 

"When you think of leadership, the ability to serve others is so important," McCarthy said. "The humility of you can't lead until you first serve. Here's a young man that is, I mean, he's beyond his years in every walk of life, just both with what he's done so far at a young age professionally and just the type of man he is personally. I admire the young man."

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