Hall of Famer Charles Haley sees a little bit of Joe Montana in Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Haley had a front-row seat to much of Montana's storied career, winning two Super Bowls alongside the legendary signal-caller in his first stint with the San Francisco 49ers from 1986 to 1991.
The former defensive end and linebacker then left for the Cowboys, where he won a further three titles, and says Dallas has a player on their hands in Prescott who possesses the same self-assurance on the field as three-time Super Bowl MVP Montana.
"Dak reminds me of Joe," Haley told NBC 5 of Dallas-Fort Worth. "He has so much confidence. He came from nothing, like me. So guess what, what can you do?
"How can you hurt someone that came from nothing, that had to pull himself up from the bootstraps and walk out on the stage wearing that star on his head and go 10 or 12 games in a row? What can you say? What can you do?"
While Prescott's career is just getting started, Haley believes the ability he showed to thrive under pressure in his rookie year proves he is capable of being a successful leader now Tony Romo has transitioned to the broadcast booth after being usurped as starter.
"I tell him all the time, I say, 'Man, this is your show. This is your rodeo," Haley said. "I told him that after game four when he was saying it was Romo's show, I would punch him in his chest. 'Hey, hold up. You've won four in a row. OK. Then, you win five in a row.'
"Now I walk out on the field before the game and say, 'Who's team is this?' If he didn't say, 'My team' real fast, I'll punch him again. ... He's got to realise, he's got to control everybody.
"Whether Romo would have came back or not, it's about the confidence and believing that he was the man. That he was driving the bus. And then, that confidence will spill over. And it did. When you listen to players talk, they talk big about Dak, because he's a man of character and a man of strength and a man of conviction."
Prescott earned a Pro Bowl selection and Rookie of the Year honours in his inaugural NFL season after being selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
He threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns with a 104.9 passer rating while limiting himself to just four interceptions last year.
|Ancelotti: Lewandowski will finish his career at Bayern|
|F1 Raceweek: The heat is on and there´s a dinosaur in the paddock|
|CSKA aim to find weaknesses in Mourinho´s ´strong´ squad|
|Tardelli ´expects more´ from Juventus star Dybala|
|Watford´s Chalobah set for knee surgery|
|Halep and Wozniacki crash out in Wuhan, Muguruza through|
|Barcelona are weaker without Neymar, says Jorge Jesus|
|Seeded Sousa succumbs in Shenzhen|
|US Justice Department charges college basketball assistants in bribery scheme|
|Muguruza charges into Wuhan last 16|
|Mkhitaryan vows to bring consistency to Manchester United|
|Lacazette ´more like Wright than Henry´ - Winterburn|
|Verratti hails ascent of PSG to Bayern´s level|
|Former Newcastle chairman Shepherd dies age 75|
|Mourinho: Lindelof will improve step by step|
|Kimmich eager to tackle Neymar challenge|
|Stokes arrest a distraction for England - Morgan|
|Emery hints at PSG penalty rotation|
|´Not many solutions´ for Man Utd after Fellaini injury, says Mourinho|
|England all-rounder Ben Stokes arrested in Bristol|
|Neymar set to return for PSG in Champions League clash against Bayern Munich|
|PSG´s home hope against Bayern as Griezmann carries Atletico - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Defending champion Pliskova battles through in Tashkent|
|Fabregas never thought about Chelsea exit|
|Gasly replaces Kvyat as Toro Rosso prepare for 2018 F1 season|
|Starke selection not a threat to Ulreich, claims Salihamidzic|
|Wallabies lock Coleman weighing up next move|
|Manchester City look unstoppable under Guardiola - Walker|
|Hitzfeld urges Bayern to stick with Ancelotti|
|Australia call up Tye for India T20 series|
|Las Palmas coach Manolo Marquez resigns after six LaLiga matches|
|Whiteley boost for Springboks|
|Fabregas: No pure striker better than Costa|
|Ancelotti will be measured on Champions League results, Ballack claims|
|Cowboys coach Green dismissed tiredness talk as ´a load of c**p´|
|Wenger bemoans ´cruel´ Arsenal schedule|
|Tianjin derby under investigation for possible match-fixing|
|Sharks dismiss Hayne speculation|
|Cubs clinch tie for NL Central title, deal blow to Cardinals´ play-off hopes|
|He said what?! The best NFL quotes from week three|
|Prescott ignites stagnant Cowboys offense in win over Cardinals|
|WATCH: Cubs´ Russell brings Cardinals fan fresh nachos after spilling into stands|
|Alonso announces move into management|
|Klopp considers starting ´artists´ against Spartak|
|Lacazette not just a goalscorer – Wenger|
|Jerry Jones, entire Cowboys team kneel before national anthem|
|Aguero only world-class Premier League striker – Henry|
|Steelers´ Villanueva ´embarrassed´ he stood alone for national anthem|
|Kane: I use Ronaldo and Messi as motivation|
|LeBron on protests: My voice is more important than my knee|
|Sproles sidelined with torn ACL, broken arm|
|Rodriguez penalty call correct for Wenger|
|Roethlisberger regrets Steelers´ decision to miss national anthem|
|Pulis rounds on ´cheating´ Sanchez amid Rodriguez penalty row|
|Ramsey: Arsenal must make Emirates a fortress|
|Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Lacazette double enough for Gunners as Barry breaks Premier League record|
|Yankees´ Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire’s rookie HR record|
|Dunbar a doubt for Scotland internationals after surgery|
|Benjamin MRI reveals no structural damage to knee|
|No Real Madrid doubts over Cristiano Ronaldo, insists Carvajal|
|England Ashes hopeful Westley escapes with bruised thumb|
|Nineteen years and counting – Barry´s record-breaking Premier League career in Opta numbers|
|Barry to break Giggs´ Premier League appearance record|
|US Open finalists Stephens and Keys suffer first-round Wuhan defeats|
|Zidane has faith in Real Madrid style|
|Suso pens AC Milan extension until 2022|
|Cavaliers hopeful of January return for Thomas|
|Real Madrid injuries will make no difference, says Bosz|
|A waste of time - Klopp baffled by media questions ahead of Champions League tie|
|Knicks make Anthony trade to Thunder official|