Dallas Cowboys Quarterback
Tony Romo’s career as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback has been hotly-debated. His spotty record includes huge statistical achievements, along with huge collapses.
No one has perfected the art of losing close ballgames to the level Tony Romo has.
Despite that, he has been a remarkably consistent fantasy football performer until the last few years, when injuries have begun to dominate the storyline. This article covers all aspects of the Tony Romo public persona, from the real world quarterback to the Artsy Crafsty version.
Tony Romo Career, Record, Artsy Craftsy
College: Eastern Illinois Panthers
Years Pro: 13
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Round Drafted: Undrafted Free Agent
Jersey Number: 9
Twitter Page: @tonyromo
Tony Romo Quotes
The first game of the year is always an in-season adjustment game.
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.
I’ve played long enough to know that certain games are certain ways. You’re gonna throw it less in others, more in others, and just look at what the team needs that day to win a football game.
We’re continuing to evolve into what we think we can do, and you know that takes a little bit of times sometimes to figure out what you’re really good at and what you can hang her hat on per se, and I think we’re learning that each week that goes by.
I think some guys have the ability to learn from themselves and get better. Those are the guys that last a long time and continue to improve in this league and in sports in general.
I think people just like rooting. If they like you, they’re going to want to root for you and you’re one of theirs. And if they don’t like you? It doesn’t matter.
On Being the Dallas Cowboys Quarterback
I don’t think about it, ‘Wow! I’m the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.’ For me, this is my job. This is what I’ve been preparing to do. And I really want to win badly.
Fame is fleeting. That stuff comes and goes. You know, as soon as I play poorly…you won’t be doing this interview–you’ll be interviewing the next guy.
You may have seen have seen me in such places as your local market in a tabloid.
I feel like I’m going to be with the Cowboys the rest of my career, definitely. I love it.
On Jerry Jones
One of the reasons I’m lucky is to be around an owner like Jerry Jones. I’m not just saying it. The reality of it is the guy wants to win. As a quarterback, you need ownership and people in the front office and organization to help you win. If you don’t get that help, you’re always going to be fighting an uphill battle. You feel that, being a part of this organization with Jerry, that he’s going to bring in people and sign people and want to improve this football team every year. It allows you to feel like, hey, we have a chance and I have a chance to do some special things around here.
On the Book “The Leftovers”
The Leftovers is a great basketball book that shines a light on what true competitors can overcome with a solid work ethic.
On Comparing Himself to Others
As a competitor and an athlete, you love that you get to go back and challenge someone, especially the world champs.
I would have loved to have had the start that Tom Brady did, won a couple of Super Bowls early, but I wasn’t good enough at the time. I have to get better. You start to understand that all the talk and noise really don’t matter. Every quarterback goes through the same thing. You have to keep getting better; your team will keep getting betterand you’ll have a chance.
Everyone runs their own race.
Well, we can’t all be Terry Bradshaw.
On Hard Work and Improvement
Work hard, do things the right way, and things will go your way.
It’s about the process. It’s about getting better. ‘Let’s execute on this play, let’s execute on this drive.’ You do those things, and over the course of the season you’ll get better as a team and you’ll get to a point where hopefully you’re playing at a high level to win the games that really become at another level.
When you’re younger, it’s about ‘How can I get better? How can I become the player that I want to be?’ As you get older, it’s ‘How can this football team improve?’ While all along getting better along the way.
You just work at it. You just keep grinding away, keep trying to get better, and if you got the ability, one day you have a chance.
On His NFL Career
I think my best years are ahead of me and that’s exciting.
There comes a point in the game where you gotta make a play or you gotta do something to get your team over the hump, and when that time comes you gotta be able to do it.
It’s easy to say you’re more mature because all of a sudden you have a child, but it’s a process.
On Winning and Losing
You know you are going to go through your ups and downs in this game.
It’s funny, you can get over the win pretty quick and get ready for the next opponent. When you lose, it just eats at you…. What could we have done? What should I have done? All those things. Just part of playing professional sports and sports in general.