He will always be the guy with late-game mistakes. He will always be the guy who plays too much golf in the offseason. He will always be the guy who is a fantasy-football dream but a reality-football nightmare because he can be so good and so wrong in one game.
And there's this tag that Romo has not been able to shake free, like a piece of tape stuck to the bottom of his shoe: He is not a leader.
Danny McCray is like a lot of young twentysomethings, glued to the television, watching as much sports as possible even if his day job is to be the Cowboys' best special teams player and a backup safety.
"You hear on TV before I got to Dallas and I had no idea and now I'm here and I see it and I'm like, 'Well, maybe it's just something to just start an issue,' because I've seen the exact opposite since I've been here," said McCray, who is entering his fourth season.
As Romo begins his sixth full season as the Cowboys' starting quarterback Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants, this is more his team than any other. In the past, Romo has likened the growth of a leader from a sophomore starting on the varsity team to a senior.
He is now in grad school, if you want to carry the analogy a little further.