Tony Romo Delivers Emotional Statement On Quarterback Role [VIDEO]
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo delivered a statement Tuesday to address the decision by the Cowboys continue with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott as the starter although Romo has been cleared to play.
Clearly the veteran quarterback was upset with the circumstances, seeing as an injury has removed him from his starting role with the best Dallas team he’s ever been a part of. His emotions were evident in the presser on Wednesday and Romo did an exceptional job of explaining exactly how that felt.
Romo asked reporters that they allow him to read his statement and told them he would not be answering questions because “it’s in the best interest of our team.”
“To say the first half of the season has been emotional would be a huge understatement,” Romo began. “Getting hurt when you feel like you have the best team you’ve ever had was a soul-crushing moment for me. Then to learn it’s not three or four weeks, but 10 is another blow. And through it all you have a tremendous amount of guilt on having let your teammates, fans and organization down. After all, they were depending on you to bring them a championship. That’s what quarterbacks are supposed to do; that’s how we’re judged. I loved that. I still do.”
“But then here you are, sidelined without any real ability to help your teammates win on the field. That’s when your forced to come face-to-face with what’s happening,” Romo continued.
“Seasons are fleeting, games become more precious, chances for success diminish. Your potential successor has arrived, injured two years in a row and now in the mid-thirties. The press is whispering; everyone has doubts. You’ve spent your career working to get here. Now we have to start all over.”
“You almost feel like an outsider. Coaches are sympathetic, but they still have to coach and you’re not there. It’s a dark place, probably the darkest it’s ever been,” Romo added.
“It’s in this moment that you find out who you really are and what you’re really about,” Romo said. “You see football is a meritocracy. You aren’t handed anything; you earn everything, every single day, over and over again you have to prove it. That’s the way that the NFL — that’s the way that football works.”
“A great example of this is Dak Prescott and what he’s done. He’s earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right,” Romo said again.
Tony then reflected on his own career thus far and, in the most emotional part of his statement, said he would be a mentor to Prescott just as others were a mentor to him.
If anybody ever had doubts about Tony Romo as a player, a competitor, a teammate or a person, he should not be doubting him any longer. The man has now been stripped of his starting role due to injury when he would have been perfectly capable of achieving success with his team otherwise.
After all, the sport of football is a business, and it appears that Tony Romo may understand that more than anybody else in the NFL.