Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott emerged as one of the stories of the 2016 season, leading his team to an NFC-best 13-3 record after beginning the summer as a third-string option.

After his meteoric rise to power, Prescott thanked Tony Romo for making the transition as easy as possible.

“I mean, Tony did an amazing job of helping me out. I think that’s what Tony realized is that, he couldn’t necessarily control whether he was going to play or not. But what he can control is our relationship,” Prescott said Wednesday on The Rich Eisen Show.

“And I think Tony did a great job, and I commend Tony and thank him so much for that — of being another coach for me, of helping me out, of in the middle of the game, at practice, on the field (and) off the field, giving me advice. And as a guy who went through exactly what I went through — taking over the position from an older veteran, and knowing what it’s like to be the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and just helping me out.”

For those who need a brief recap of Prescott’s ascension: Romo suffered a fractured vertebra during the preseason, and Prescott excelled in his absence, taking over as the team’s starting quarterback.

Prescott played so well, however, that when Romo finally healed from his injury, the veteran’s starting position was no longer available. Eventually Romo conceded the job to Prescott, who earned Pro Bowl and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for his performance.

Entering their second seasons, Prescott and fellow sophomore Ezekiel Elliott are the unquestioned faces of the Cowboys franchise. In becoming one of the NFL’s promising prospects, Prescott has plenty to thank the now-retired Romo for.

With h/t to NFL.com

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