The Inside Numbers on Cowboy Quarterbacks

I was reading a recent article on Tony Romo stating that he has a chance to move up in the record books. As it appears, Romo is currently in 4th place among Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks with 149 touchdown passes, and has the opportunity to become the all time leader in the 2012 season.

As of right now, Romo sits behind Roger Staubach ( 153 ), Danny White ( 155 ), and Troy Aikman ( 165 ). This means that Romo will have to throw 17 passes this season to become the all-time leader in touchdown passes for the Cowboys. And for a man who threw 31 in 2011, as long as he remains healthy, this should become a rather easy achievement.

So this got me to thinking, for a quarterback that most of the media and fans seem to have rather harsh and disgruntled feelings for, what other records could he possibly beat before he hangs up the cleats.

Here are the numbers on the other quarterbacks along with Romo :

1. Roger Staubach played ( 1969 – 1979 ) 11 seasons

pass attempts : 2,958
pass completions : 1,685
pass percentage : 57.0
passing yards : 22,700
passing touchdowns : 153
passing interceptions : 109
passing rating : 83.4

rushing attempts : 410
rushing yards : 2,264
rushing average : 5.5
rushing touchdowns : 20

 

Staubach led the NFL in passing four times (1971, 1973, 1978, 1979), and won 75% of the regular season games he started for Dallas (85 wins; 29 losses). Just as spectacular in the post season, Staubach won 12 out of the 19 games he appeared in for Dallas. He also added 2,827 yards and 24 touchdowns in the postseason.

 

Rewards :

Rated #46 NFL Player of all-timeFame Inductee

6× Pro Bowl selection (1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)

5× All-NFC selection (1971, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)

2× Super Bowl champion (VI, XII)
5× NFC Champion (1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978)
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Super Bowl VI MVP
1963 Heisman Trophy
1963 Maxwell Award
1963 UPI Player of the Year
1971 Bert Bell Award
Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

2. Danny White played ( 1976 – 1988 ) 13 seasons

pass attempts : 2,950
pass completions : 1,761
pass percentage : 59.7
passing yards : 21,959
passing touchdowns : 155
passing interceptions : 132
passing rating : 81.7

rushing attempts : 159
rushing yards : 482
rushing average : 3.0
rushing touchdowns : 8

 

White led Dallas to 8 post season victories in 13 games, and added 62 regular season wins in 92 starts. Playing in a combine 166 games for Dallas. He had Four losses in the NFC Conference Championships.

Rewards :

Pro Bowl selection (1982)
Super Bowl champion (XII)
1× Second-team selection All-Pro selection (1982)
3× UPI Second-team All-NFC selection (1979, 1981, 1982)

 

3. Troy Aikman played ( 1989 – 2000 ) 12 seasons

pass attempts : 4,715
pass completions : 2,898
pass percentage : 61.5
passing yards : 32,942
passing touchdowns : 165
passing interceptions : 141
passing rating : 81.6

rushing attempts : 327
rushing yards : 1,016
rushing average : 3.1
rushing touchdowns : 9

 

Aikman is the holder of virtually all the Cowboy’s career passing records, including yards passing (32,942), touchdowns (165), and completions (2,898). He also added 3,894 yards and 24 touchdowns in the postseason. Aikman won his share of games for Dallas (94 regular season victories; 11 in the post season).

 

Rewards :

6× Pro Bowl (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
3× All-Pro (1993, 1994, 1995)
3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
Super Bowl XXVII MVP
Walter Payton Man of the Year (1997)
Davey O’Brien Award (1988)
Consensus All-American (1988)
Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
Pro Football Hall of Fame (2006 inductee)
College Football Hall of Fame (2008 inductee)

 

4. Tony Romo played ( 2003 – current )    9 seasons

pass attempts : 2,592
pass completions : 1,672
pass percentage : 64.5
passing yards : 20,834
passing touchdowns : 142
passing interceptions : 72
passing rating : 96.9

rushing attempts : 158
rushing yards : 459
rushing average : 2.9
rushing touchdowns : 4

Rewards :

3× Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2007, 2009)
Ed Block Courage Award (2011)

 

The next 2 records that Romo will most likely be chasing will be pass completions, and passing yards. As far as completions, Romo ( 1,672 ) trails Staubach ( 1,685 ) by 13, and White ( 1,761 ) by 89. He should be able to earn second place behind Aikman ( 2,898 ) by mid season. As far as passing yards, Romo ( 20,834 ) trails White ( 21,959 ) by 1,125 yards, and Staubach ( 22,700 ) by 1,866 yards.

Barring injuries, Romo should move into 2nd place with pass completions and passing yards in 2012, and in first place with 17 touchdown passes.

Aikman still leads the pack with 1,226 completions more than Romo, 12,108 more yards in completions more than Romo, and most importantly, 3 Super Bowl trophies more than Romo. by NFL.com
1985 Pro Football Hall of

 

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