Ok, everybody’s going ga-ga over Tony Romo’s efforts Sunday in bringing the Cowboys back from the brink of the 0-2 precipice to respectability and a “season-saving” performance.
I can’t disagree with that assessment based on the fact that the teams that start the season with two straight losses have a very minimal chance of making the playoffs – something like a 12 percent chance.
When you look at it from that perspective, there’s no question Romo’s day was spectacular. And to do it with a broken rib is even more remarkable. Anyone who has had a broken rib knows how painful the simple act of breathing cab be, and to consider that Romo did it all while playing football is also astounding. I know that if placed in that situation, I would have been crying like a baby.
Ok, but with all that said, let’s put things into some perspective.
Romo is a professional football quarterback. He makes literally tens of thousands of dollars per game to carry out out his craft … He is expected to play in pain.
How much of a big deal would everyone be making about all this if Brett Favre played and led his team back from defeat under similar circumstances? And what about Ben Roethlisberger who got his knee bent like a pretzel yesterday, but came back to lead the Steelers to a shutout win? Ok, it was against the Seahawks.
So, my point is this: We know that what Romo did was above and beyond, but why the overgushing with descriptions that ranged from gutty to heroic?
Is it because Romo is the media darling who plays for Jerry Jones’ ‘Boys?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Either way, I just ask the question.
Had it occurred in a playoff game or a Super Bowl then maybe he would deserve it … But it was the second game of the year, for cripes sake, and he was playing against the 49ers.
It also says a bit about the Cowboys’ situation at backup QB … With Jon Kitna next in line and his poor performance during the time Romo was out, the coaching staff had no choice but to put Romo back into the game and to risk more injury.
I like Tony Romo. He’s a Wisconsin boy with a lot of talent, but this kind of over-adulation is a bit much.
It’s too early in the season to start putting him into the Hall of Fame just yet.