It was like any other morning. I was just laying in bed, with that half asleep, half you should probably get out of bed, you piece of shit thing going on. Since I don't have clocks in my room because I'm not 60 years old I turned on my TV to see what time it was. My phone alarm (which is set for the very ambitious 10:30 am) hadn't gone off yet and had no clue what time it was, it could've been 6 am or 6 pm.
I turn on the TV and see "Tony Romo leaving NFL" in big letters on the left hand corner of my tv screen. All of a sudden I don't care what time it is and decide, alright time to start my day and give a stab at this semi-big news.
First off that's kind of bizarre, it didn't say "retiring", it said "leaving NFL" never seen any retirement worded like that before. Which makes me wonder if this is just a power play by Romo to get released from the Cowboys and finally be able to pursue another job. After watching some videos it appears the Cowboys were going to release him this week regardless, so maybe Romo really is going to retire.
Either way personally, I was shocked. I know Romo is old and can't really stay healthy anymore but I really thought he would end up on a team like the Broncos, Texans or Cardinals who have a pretty solid core with a less than ideal QB situation trying to win a Super Bowl before he retires/dies on the field. As a competitor I didn't think he'd want his career to end the way it did in Dallas, but apparently he's okay with walking away. I thought he'd want to stick it to the Cowboys and try to win a Super Bowl elsewhere and even as I write this blog and more news comes out I still won't truly believe he is retired until the season begins.
As for Romo's career, I know everybody will make fun of him for never winning the Super Bowl or even making it to the NFC Championship game, but I honestly think Romo gets a lot of undeserved shit. Football is a team game and as fans (and sometimes as media members) I feel like we care so much about winning championships that it like takes away from how good a players season or career can be. It's like did he win a Super Bowl yes or no, which isn't entirely fair. And I'm saying that as Patriots fan who's been lucky enough to witness 5 Super Bowl wins in my day. Even I think Super Bowls can be a little over valued.
Sure Romo is no Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning but the dude was undrafted and found a way to last in the NFL for 15 years and have a pretty successful career. I respect the hell out of that. 248 touchdowns to 117 int. Career passer rating of 97.1. Won a lot more games than he lost. People will remember all the bad because there frankly aren't a ton of great playoff moments in his career. But Romo was a solid NFL quarterback for a decade. I think he's a borderline Hall of Famer.
Sure we can all remember the botched snap on a chip shot field goal against the Seahawks in the 2006 playoffs, or the redzone INT against the Giants in 07 that led to this.
Or seemingly for like 3 or 4 years in a row having a defacto playoff game in week 17 where the winner wins the NFC east and the loser goes home, only to lose every time.
In 2011, 2012, and 2013 the Cowboys lost a win and in week 17 game against each of their NFC East rivals.
T.O. may be correct, it is unfair to call Romo a choker or bash him for never making the big game. Romo holds nearly every major passing record for the Dallas Cowboys franchise, but as a historic team who only cares about winning Super Bowls he never got the job done.
In my opinion the most Tony Romo moment of all time came in 2013 against the Denver Broncos. In one of the best regular season games I can ever remember watching, Romo and the Cowboys came out hot against the then undefeated Broncos starting out to a 14-0 lead. Then were down 28-17 and 35-20 at times before coming back to take a 48-41 lead in the 4th quarter. In Peyton Manning's 55 touchdown year it was Tony Romo who was out playing him. Over 500 yards and 5 touchdown passes. With the score tied 48-48 the Cowboys had the ball and were trying to take drive down to kick a game winning field goal when this happened. (sorry such shitty quality but it's all I could find)
In the greatest game of his NFL career, Romo still threw a timely INT to lose the game. Just heartbreaking stuff for a guy who seems like an overall good dude.
Now it appears as the news has broke since I started this blog that Romo will replace Phil Simms in the CBS booth and be paired up with Jim Nantz on the lead CBS broadcast team.
It appears not everybody is loving the news which shocks me since Phil Simms is pretty universally hated for his commentary.
I get it you're a company girl Bonnie, but a Teddy Ruxpin would be a better commentator than Phil Simms.
Regardless, I like Tony Romo and will remember him for the good.
Personally I'm happy he's not with the Broncos or Texans because I think that could be trouble for the Pats, now I don't have to worry about it.
Congrats on a great career #9. Hopefully you don't break your back walking to your CBS booth.