Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon commiserates with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a broken thumb in Sunday’s 19-3 season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Moon, who was among a host of NFL Legends to descend on Dallas-Fort Worth this week at the request of fellow legend Charles Haley in support of his Tackle Tomorrow Foundation, broke his thumb in the 1990 season when he was with the Houston. Oilers
“I slapped my hand on the helmet while following,” Moon said. “The bone came out of the skin. It was an open dislocation. It was the second to last game of the season in 1990. I was out for six weeks and missed the playoffs. I was devastated. I know how he feels. He had all this hope and anticipation for a great year and he comes out in the first game and something like this happens.
“I feel bad for him.”
Moon’s recovery was six weeks, which was believed to be Prescott’s until he underwent surgery on Monday.
Surgery revealed that Prescott had suffered an extra-articular fracture to his right thumb. This is a fracture that occurs above the wrist joint and does not extend into the joint itself.
Prescott is now expected to play no more than four games and the Cowboys are hoping he misses as few as three.
Moon said the biggest difference between his injury and Prescott’s is that his was on the bone.
He said he is concerned about Prescott’s recovery and flexibility in the thumb after surgery, where a plate was inserted into the thumb to stabilize the joint.
Moon, pointing to his right thumb, said that his hand is still not right, “I can’t bend this thumb until today.”
He said he had to change his grip in the offseason because of the injury, unbeknownst to the trainers, doctors, trainers and front office.
“I never told them or told anybody,” Moon said. “At my age, if you start saying you have these kinds of problems, they’ll start looking for someone else. I just did it and made it happen. I was still effective.”
Moon played 10 more seasons in the NFL.
After his final season in Houston in 1993, he played three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
But his grip was never the same and he had problems keeping hold of the ball.
“Sometimes I couldn’t catch the ball the way I wanted to,” Moon said. “I got hit sometimes and the ball would fly out of my hand. I had a lot of messes because of it.”
Haley held an “A Night with Legends” benefit dinner at the Baylor, Scott & White Sports Academy on Monday in Frisco before a Celebrity Golf Tournament on Tuesday at the Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine.
The Who’s Who list of participants included Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Anthony Munoz, Michael Irvin Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Mel Blount, Mean Joe Greene and Calvin Johnson among other Cowboys legends such as Nate Newton, DeMarcus Ware , Daryl Johnson, Tony Hill, Tony Casillas, Darren Woodson, Tony Tolbert, Chad Hennings and Eric Williams.
Tackle Tomorrow is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 by Haley, a five-time NFL Super Bowl Champion, and Dallas civic leader Bob Bowie to improve early childhood literacy rates and provide family support services.