Only 18 players in the history of the National Football League have played over the age of forty. One of those players, Wade Wilson, is now the Dallas Cowboys quarterback coach. And now his star pupil, quarterback Tony Romo, believes he’ll can play up until to that milestone as well. During a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan on Wednesday, Romo predicted his future as Dallas’ starting gunslinger when asked about his recovery from recent back surgery.
“There’s no question in my mind, not only am I going to be able to make it through 16 games, I’ll make it through another five years. Some people have issues just based on their body alignment and degenerative things, but none of those are my issues. Mine is just something small and I just got hit at the wrong time and that’s part of what happened. If you play football long enough, you’re going to have something.”
Romo is already the greatest quarterback in Cowboys history…statically. His career passing percentage average of 64.6% beats former Dallas quarterback greats Troy Aikman (61.5%) and Roger Staubach (57%). He’s also the Cowboys leader in touchdowns (208), passing yards per game (259.3), fourth quarter comebacks (20) and he’s tied with Captain Comeback for the franchise’s most game-winning drives (23). Let’s also mention here that Romo’s current career passer rating of 95.8 is good enough for fifth all-time in NFL history.
But the question here isn’t concerning Romo’s past. It’s about his future. After having two back “procedures” in the last year, can you envision the 34-year old quarterback playing at a high-level for the next five years? Romo’s football hero, quarterback Brett Favre, was able to do so until he retired at age 41. And the Cowboys have made a commitment to improve his protection, spending three of their last four first round draft picks on offensive lineman.
But what do you think? Will Tony Romo be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys until he’s 40? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.