Is Tony Romo's Golf Game A Distraction?

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no stranger to scrutiny, when it comes to his focus and priorities. Whether it be his off-the-field romances or his trips to Cabo, the gunslinger has had his fair share of critics. Is Tony Romo 100% focused on being a top-level quarterback or is the former undrafted free-agent just happy to be on a NFL roster?

All of these questions have been raised again this offseason with Romo attempting to qualify for the US Open. Fortunately, Romo’s golf game needs a little work and he did not advance, but that doesn’t take away from the question of if he is focused.

Head coach Jason Garrett seems to believe that is not the case. In an interview with Pro Football Talk Live, Garrett says Romo’s golfing has never been a distraction.

“I know since I’ve been around the NFL, players love to play golf, and they love to play golf in the offseason,” Garrett said on PFT Live. “It’s really a way for them to kind of get away from what they’re doing at the facility, with the workouts or with the practice they’re involved in. So it’s always been a relief for a lot of guys at a lot of different positions.

“Tony just so happens to be pretty good at it. He gets a lot of attention for it, but we probably have some guys on our team that play a lot more golf than Tony does.”

In fact, Garrett seems to believe that Romo’s attempts at qualifying for the US Open show a different trait — competitiveness.

“One of the things that I like about it is he loves to compete,” added Garrett. “He loves to get out there and compete, and against people who are probably better than he is. But he loves to put himself in those positions, and I think he believes that one of the things that helps him as a competitor on the football [field] is constantly putting himself in competitive situations.

“We’ve never viewed it as a distraction. He’s always the first guy in the building. He stays there late. He loves football and he loves his role as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He’s never shown us any reason to think that it’s a distraction in any way from what he’s doing for us with the Cowboys.”

So the question we have to ask is: “Is Romo’s golf game a distraction or a positive sign of his competitiveness?”

Personally, I’m not a fan of the franchise quarterback involved in activities that could injure his money making arm during the offseason. If Romo’s hobby was playing Magic: The Gathering or watching silent films, I would be all for it. However, Romo should be with his team during these team-organized workouts and continue to show he is the leader that we all want him to be.

Golf will be there for you after you retire, Tony. Focus on football.

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