Last Friday, I spiked the volleyball with grace and power. The ball slammed into bodies so hard that the opposing team asked me to take some heat off. I apologized. I felt bad. But deep down, I didn't want to stop. I wanted more. June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo: Return of the Quarterback

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Tony Romo is in the driver seat. His destination? I’ll tell you this: Where Romo parks is up to him. He must take the car off cruise control and command the gas pedal.

Since he signed a six-year, $108 million dollar contract, some are saying Romo should forget his roots as an undrafted free agent. After all, he is the captain of America’s Team, isn’t going to file for bankruptcy anytime soon, and currently ranks fifth in All-Time Career Passer Rating (95.6).

But it’s a mistake for Romo to let so many hands hold the steering wheel. I think Tony let the pressure get to him. He forgot who he was, what he could do, and attempted to mask this problem by layering images of his future self over his past.

The solution is in the roots — where it all started. Tony Romo is an undrafted free agent, once overlooked by quarterbacks lesser in quality and talent. He knew this all along. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be here now. Belief is power.

Tony Romo must return to his beginnings.

The days when Tony Romo laughed, cheered, and had fun, must return. This past season ran through a gamut of emotions except that of a catharsis. We saw, literally, how the length of a finger can cost a game. We saw the death of a Cowboy, and another jailed. We saw another elimination game collapse.

But what I remember most is Tony Romo’s somber, serious nature. To me, this wasn’t Tony Romo. This was Romo trying to become the person everyone thought he should be. When you do this, you void some of the things that got you where you are in the first place. You forget the mechanics and the automated natural ability that makes you, well, you.

By fun, understand that in no way do I mean Romo should take a hike and head for Mexico. Nor am I talking about a Jessica Simpson repeat (oh dear lord). This quarterback has graduated. With the text books in the closet, and the No. 2 Pencils stashed away, Romo has looked away from what made him great.

Our quarterback must return to young again. He must shed the shells critics have dressed him in, and return to the skin he was once was comfortable wearing. This whole notion that Romo must take the game very seriously now that he’s been paid, is, ironic considering he got to where he is now wearing a blue-collar. Just because he got paid, does he have to wear a white shirt and tie?

No, he doesn’t. In fact, he should burn the suit.

Everyone sees something when they look into the rear-view mirror. It’s something we can’t ignore. In order to get to our destination, we have to use the rear-view mirror from time to time.

For Tony Romo, it’s perfectly okay contending for a Super Bowl as an undrafted free agent. That’s why we fell in love with him. He needs to make all the passengers remember that.


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