Jul 22, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during drills at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo's Legacy Dependent On Success Of Dallas Cowboys

How much longer will it be before our Dallas Cowboys are relevant again purely because of their merits on the field? Every offseason it looks as if the drought will end, and this year is no different.

As I thought about this I began to wonder what it’s really going to take before we erase the past drought as a distant memory.

Will a playoff berth do it? Nope, as we have seen the Cowboys make a few entrances since the 90’s only to be bounced immediately. What about a playoff victory? That won’t do it either seeing as how the one playoff victory we do have in the last fifteen or so years merely serves as a punch line for why Tony Romo doesn’t deserve his new contract.

So what will do it? An NFC championship berth or victory? A Super Bowl berth?

The more I thought about it the more I tied it to Tony Romo.

Much of the Cowboys successes and failures over the past few years have been credited to Tony Romo whether it was well deserved or not.

No matter which side you are on, it would be ludicrous to label the past seven years as anything other than “The Romo Empire”. I truly believe that Tony Romo’s legacy and the success of the Dallas Cowboys have become directly synonymous.

Thanks to the lucrative contract Romo just signed he has officially set himself up to perhaps be the biggest scapegoat in Cowboys history.

If you don’t believe me just take to Twitter to see the many differing comments on the quarterback’s newfound wealth. Donovan McNabb had plenty to opine.

Demarcus Ware put it best when he said, “It’s time to put up or shut up”. Playoff berths and victories mean nothing now. I’m not even sure a loss in the Super Bowl would do anything to boost the approval rating of one of the most polarizing athletes in professional sports today.

Even we Romo supporters have our hands tied now. There is no turning back for Tony Romo and his reign at the helm. His legacy will forever be attached to what happens in his last days in the blue and silver.

It’s Super Bowl champs or bust.

The only thing that can change his legacy will be a photo of him hoisting the Lombardi Trophy above his head atop the shoulders of his teammates on the front page of every newspaper across the country.

Anything less will be just another checkmark on the long list of disappointment we have tasted since Aikman last led us to glory.

The Cowboys open this season on Sunday Night Football against the New York Giants. Cowboys tickets at Vivid Seats begin at only $31 for Standing Room Only, or $70 for Upper Level seats. The average ticket price is $251, making it only the 4th most expensive Dallas home game this season.

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