Love him or hate him, Tony Romo is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. For years, Dallas Cowboy fans cried out for a Brett Favre-esque player in a blue and silver uniform. Heck, we wouldn’t have minded number four himself but it never happened. The Boys tried out a few guys you might remember: Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson and who can forget Ryan Leaf. Quite a cast, wouldn’t you say?
Then we tried out a guy by the name of Drew Bledsoe. He did well but never delivered the glory that was expected and ultimately that belongs in Big D. Father time got the better of Bledsoe and soon it was time for another change. So why not take a chance? Then head coach Bill Parcells handed the reins to a unknown, unproven guy from Eastern Illinois University. Really? Tony Romo? Talk about the epitome of desperation. Yet, Tony wowed us with his Houdini-like escape tricks and underhanded touchdown passes. He was our quarterback.
Now, another season is set to begin and Romo is still the guy with the kung fu grip on the quarterback position. He has failed to deliver one of those Lombardi trophies thus far and for that reason many members of Cowboys nation are calling for his head, citing his lack of ability to produce when it matters the most. Are the expectations of a Super Bowl Championship too lofty for Romo, or have we just become too impatient? I believe it’s the latter.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that seeing him mishandle the snap in the playoffs versus the Seahawks just about killed me and honestly, I’m not sure I can take the possibility of another mediocre season. My heart just can’t handle it anymore. The fact of the matter is that I still believe in Tony Romo. When guys like Demarcus Ware and Jason Witten, well respected men mind you not only in the Boys locker room but around the league, come to his defense why shouldn’t we? What’s done is done and nobody can change that so how is writing him off going to change the past and how will it make this team any better?
Like I said, love him or hate him, the man can ball. I know as well as anybody else that statistics don’t win football games. That’s why I chose to leave them out but they do prove one thing: Romo can play with the best. And I believe it’s time that we believe in him. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning took years to deliver a championship to their respective cities and Dan Marino never did. Yet, their jobs were never in jeopardy nor would anyone ever question their hall of fame potential.
The guy leading our team out of the tunnel is Tony Romo and as a Cowboys fan, I’m proud to say that. And I’m confident he can get the job done. Maybe this is the year Romo goes from being really good to being the best. Let’s just be sure we have his back when he does.