He finally called it quits. After a season long debate whether or not he would replace Dak Prescott once his back healed, the offseason brought even more questions about his future. The rumors never died down and there was even the false report that Jerry Jones had traded him to the Houston Texans. Thankfully, the soap opera is over and it seems fitting that it ended in this way. Tony Romo’s career was impressive but enigmatic to say the least. He was an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois, signing as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. Not surprisingly, he got his lucky break in 2006 when he went in for Drew Bledsoe for the second half in a week 6 tilt against the NY Giants. I guess we should thank Bledsoe for both Brady and Romo, poor guy.
The rest is history as they say. He went on to become the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, famous around the world and one of NFL’s most recognizable players. There is no doubting his impact on the game and he should be recognized for his prolific career. Four pro bowls, second team All-Pro selection in 2014 and most of the records for Dallas Cowboys passers, which includes the likes of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. So what am I trying to tell you? Well, to put it simply, Tony Romo was a great quarterback for his generation. That is it.
He is not an elite quarterback, he is not one of the best to ever do it and he is absolutely not a Hall of Famer. The Hall of Fame for each major sport has already been watered down but that’s a totally separate topic for another day. Tony Romo was solid in his years at the helm for the Cowboys and he made his teammates and organization better just by stepping on the field, but the rumblings about his Hall of Fame status is ridiculous. The NFL began to turn from a ground and pound blue collar game, to video game type running and gunnin’ during Romo’s tenure and statistics alone shouldn’t be the criteria to get that bronze bust. Thinking back to this era, you will think of Brady, Rodgers, Manning (that’s Peyton because the jury is still out on Eli) and Roethlisberger. Romo will be remembered as a great player, one that never made it to a Conference Championship let alone a Super Bowl. However, there’s a hell of a lot of people out there that would take that career in a heartbeat.
P.S. Please just don’t talk as much as Chris Collinsworth when you’re in the booth.