Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

What If Tony Romo Retired Today?

Tony Romo has retired. It’s over. Done.

It turns out that The Dallas Cowboys did more than just lose a game on December 30th to The Washington Redskins. They lost their leader. Quarterback Tony Romo reinjuried his left clavicle — the same injury he had in 2010 against The New York Giants — in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ loss 28 – 18 at FedEx Field.

Initially, it appeared Romo would be out eight to ten weeks. But after having difficulty sleeping (he went through a similar experience in 2010), Romo and sources close to him were convinced a second look was necessary. That’s when Romo got the bad news. Doctors advised him to retire.

Tony Romo, who turns 33 in April, leaves the field with 25,737 passing yards, 177 touchdowns, and a rating of 95.6.

Compare Romo’s stats with these first rounders

• Ben Roethlisberger: 29,844 passing yards, 191 touchdowns, 92.7 rating (30 years old)

• Eli Manning: 31,527 passing yards, 211 touchdowns, 82.7 rating (32 years old)

• Philip Rivers: 27,891 passing yards, 189 touchdowns, 94.5 rating (31 years old)

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket as center Ryan Cook (63) blocks against Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton (98) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys signed Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college ball at Eastern Illinois, where he caught the eye of Cowboy’s assistant Sean Payton (Now head coach of New Orleans Saints). But Payton wasn’t the only one after Romo.

Turns out, former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan also pursued Romo heavily. In the 2006 off-season, Sean Payton offered a third round draft pick for Romo. Jerry Jones refused (see, he did something right).

There are mixed feelings out there. Some fans are rejoicing this retirement. Some fans are curling in their closets in flat out tears.

I’m stuck in the middle.

Let me put this out there: Tony Romo is a hero. Yes, a hero. You see I think Tony Romo injected some real hope in people. Because like Tony Romo, if you worked your tail off and kept your head on straight, your opportunity to shine would come.

And for Tony Romo it did. It really did come.

Remember: He entered the league without anyone drafting him. Once he was finally signed as a Cowboy, he sat behind other quarterbacks (Vinny Testerverde, Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, Drew Bledsoe) until he got his chance. He even faced being cut.

Tony Romo’s story is as good as anyone else in this league. But not all heroes turn out to be legends. Tony Romo’s name will linger for awhile. And when he is remembered, he will be known for what he didn’t do or what he could have done.

That’s what hurts. That’s what he has to live with for the rest of his life. He will look in the mirror each morning knowing the fact he could have done more; that he could have done better.

But that chance is over.

Tony Romo will often be remembered for his last significant play: A completion to Rob Jackson. Oh, you don’t recognize that name? That’s because Rob Jackson is a linebacker for The Washington Redskins.

He’ll never get an opportunity to overwrite that interception. His one playoff win will grow stale. All of his accomplishments will be overlooked. The potential he once possessed will never come to fruition.

This comes at the worst time for The Cowboys, who must find a replacement with similar or better caliber and talent. Good luck.

I’m sorry, but second string Kyle Orton is not an answer. Although The Cowboys are uncertain who will take the helm, one thing for certain is that this team won’t be looking at another .500 season. This team will fall way short of that.

This window is closed and sealed shut. Forever.

Next Cowboys Game View full schedule »
Saturday, Aug 2323 Aug7:00at Miami DolphinsBuy Tickets

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo

  • Klassykvn

    Is this real?

  • Michael Vu

    It’s not real, but makes you think.

    • William

      If he retires Dallas would be in a rebuilding season. And I personally can’t go through that again. Not with this much talent on the roster.

      • Michael Vu

        Agreed. I lost a lot of faith in Romo. But it’s funny, if he did retire this team would be done — no matter what kind of stars we got stacked.

      • Michael Vu

        Agreed. I lost a lot of faith in Romo. But it’s funny, if he did retire this team would be done — no matter what kind of stars we got stacked.

    • Artie C

      I like the angle on your article. Kinda of a ‘carefull what you wish for’ scenerio

  • gocowboys101

    Did u not see the whole “what IF romo retired today”???

  • ctcowboy1968

    Mike u r an a$$. Not only is this bogus reporting, but it is humiliating to Tony. Yeah we all lost a lot of respect for Tony in the Redskin game (and he should not get an extension until he proves he can win playoff games), but without him this team is not competitive. There r 2 many holes in this ship. Having a QB hole would take this ship right to the bottom.

    • lostar2009

      Plz read what you just wrote..

    • Truth

      The fact is that Romo has never been in a “perform or sit” situation since he got here. I can barely but honestly say he earned more playing time after the 2006 season. But after the 07′, Jerry and/or the personnel decision-makers should have brought he replacement. And further, let it be well known that the QB position was not guaranteed!!
      This was not the case, especially with dumb-dumb Jerry running and making the important decisions for this team. With that said, in the 2010 season – heck, even before – Romo was outplayed by all the QBs behind him. Heck, he was pathetic in his preseason games!! Kitna, McGee and 3rd-string QB that yr., 2010, outplayed Romo. Romo was continually yanked from preseason games because of poor play and pathetic performances. This was a glimpse of what was to come. He did the same, and/or performed the same until he got hurt vs the Giants.
      He led Cowboys to a 1-6 record while the Defense was rated at the time as the #1 Defense. Don’t believe me look it up. And further, in that game, the Dallas D took the ball away from Eli in there own territory, 4 times mind you!! Romo could only lead the offense to one TD and that was because Terrance Newman gift-wrapped by taking his interception to the Giants 5 yd.line. When Kitna took over, he was not given any turnovers by the Dallas D but yet, drove the Cowboys offense the length of the field several times for 2 TDs(to Dez Bryant), 2 FGs and converted a 2-pt. conversion for a come-from-behind “almost” win!!
      With the same OL and Defense that Domo, errrr, Romo went 1-6, Kitna led Cowboys to 4-4 record. Losing 3 games by 3 or less pts. and 2 should have been wins if not for WRs letting him down like Roy Williams fumbling it after Kitna connected with him to ice the game. Remember that?? There is no competition, no matter how much they say there is, so long as Jerry is running the show. Ha!

      • Michael Vu

        Preseason? Preseason? You want talk about PRESEASON? Preseason?

  • Truth

    Romo sucks and should not have ever been the starter. I mean he didn’t earn it and that is a fact. All these choke-acts over his years as a starter should have proven to anyone that he isn’t worth it. Heck…if that isn’t enough, the last game of the season should have been!
    Bill inserted him because Drew was relentless to stay in the pocket and was getting trampled back there. It was more because of that and as well, to give Drew a break. He did okay but just as quickly as he surged, he fell back to earth. C’Mon….you guys don’t remember? What?, typical romo-apologists.

    • ctcowboy1968

      This is anything but the “truth”. Didn’t earn it? He rode the bench for 3 – 4 years and learned the system. He was THE PLAYER of the NFL for his first 1 1/2. The media loved him.
      He is a top 10 QB in this league. There are at least 20 teams that would sell everything to have him as their starting QB.
      Not to mention that he owns every Cowboy QB record except SB rings. Yeah, he blew it against the Redskins. But what about the D? They sucked big time. Ware looked a moron! Completely ineffective. Being hurt did not matter. He was lost and completely worthless (along with pretty much every other D player).
      Without Tony this team is in last place every year and completely uncompetitive.

      • lostar2009

        How can you bash an injured player but praise a choke artist? You are a joke as a cowboys fan !!

        • ctcowboy1968

          Hardly. I am a life long Cowboy fan (44 years) and extremely knowledgeable about the team and football. I am not praising Tony, just pointing out that the prior post is incorrect. I have no interest in praising Tony. But the facts are what they are.
          When the Cowboys win, it is not because of DWare, It’s more likely because of TRomo. Yeah, Tony choked and stunk it up big time which cost us the NFC East title and a playoff game that we would have lost since we had no one left healthy to play.
          Fact of the matter is DWare and the rest of the D looked awful and stupid while being unable to stop a college option run play all game. He had 1 tackle. He did nothing. If one is that ineffective and injured then get off the field. He is an excellent player based on his body of work, but still overrated by fans and the media.

  • Ricklo

    this is Kinda Wired For 10 Million For tony Romo that He is Not Going to Do it I Want tony Romo to Retire Bring Somebody Like Draft Johnny Manziel Can Play for tony Romo Spot if tony Romo Gets to Retire this year.

  • Richard Lee Ochoa

    I Say yes Retire tony Romo today

  • Ricklo

    I Say Retire tony Romo And But Bring in Johnny Manziel for the Dallas Cowboys this year