The NFL Network is the middle of their countdown of the top-100 NFL players, a summer tradition used to past the time for football fans in the off-season. I have come to loath the list because it seems rigged and a lot of players, like Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo, get punished for unfair bias in the media. Though the network claims that it is all from players votes, I have my doubts. Romo happens to agree with me.
This year, the Cowboys gunslinger made the list at 71, after not even making the list last year. In the video clip below, you will see the how former Tampa Bay great Warren Sapp and sportswriter Dave Dameshek blast Romo for not being clutch and having empty stats. To be fair, Sapp has also pointed out Romo had to play with a terrible defense. The other panelist, Michael Silver seems to be the only one bringing out the fact that Romo still can get it done and that his numbers in the fourth-quarter speak for themselves.
I am sure Romo doing anything will bring about a huge division among football fans, especially those who call themselves Cowboys fans. Just making or not making this fake list will make people debate for hours in local watering holes all across the country. While I don’t merit the factors that go into the list, I will say this on Romo’s behalf. He is still one hell of a quarterback.
While people hate the stats argument, he still put up 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. That is a huge improvement from 2012, when he threw 19 interceptions. He still owns one of the best fourth quarter quarterback ratings and has 20 fourth quarter comebacks and 23 game-winning drives.
If stats aren’t your game, how about looking at him and the situations he has been in that shows how tough he is as a player. Remember back in 2011, when he returned from broken ribs and a punctured lung to lead a comeback victory against the San Francisco 49ers? Or we could go back to last year to the Washington game in December? Romo had thrown two costly picks against the Packers that made the Redskins game a do-or-die moment for the team. Needing a touchdown to win the game, Romo leads the offense to victory with a fourth down touchdown to Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. Oh, he also had a painful herniated disk that forced him out the next week against the Eagles.
I know I will get a lot of hate comments for this article and that is fine. I don’t expect many of the stubborn Romo haters to change, but just stop pretending this guy is a choke artist. He is much better than that. He deserves much better than that.