First, a quick history lesson for the more casual readers and Cowboys’ fans. After winning the Walter Payton award at Eastern Illinois University (presented for being the most outstanding offensive player in NCAA Division I-AA football), quarterback Tony Romo signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003.
Mostly used as a place holder for field goal kicks, in the 2006 NFL season Romo finally got his first taste of the limelight. He was called upon to replace then Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Drew Bledsoe (remember him?) versus the New York Giants.
Since that point, Romo has been the starter at the position for the Cowboys and the rest of history writes itself. Whether you love or hate the history is optional, but, it won’t change the numbers themselves. I personally don’t care much for the Washington Redskins. Unfortunately, that doesn’t magically make them disappear. Curses!
So let’s delve into this Tony Romo hate a little bit. That’s if you can stomach an alternate point of view for a moment. Sure you can. Humor me. Thanks.
We all know about the botched hold against the Seattle Seahawks in his first ever playoff game. We also are all well aware of the stigma that says when the pressure mounts, Tony Romo folds. There is evidence that even suggests that may be accurate. I accept that. The back-breaking interceptions that have occurred at the most ill-advised times. I can assure you that yours truly has suffered just as you all have.
However, I must present the following counter points. Is it standard practice for your starting quarterback to continue place holding for field goal kicks? No. Should any quarterback (even in today’s pass happy league) be required to shootout every play, every game, every week without ever throwing an interception? No. Hey, I’m a writer and I still use spell check. It’s called being human.