IRVING, Texas – In talking to Roger Staubach the other day about the history of the Cowboys-Redskins’ rivalry, I was able to slip in a question about Tony Romo.
For years, Staubach, the Cowboys’ icon and Hall of Famer, has defended Romo when others have looked at the quarterback’s faults.
And he’s not just doing it because he likes Romo personally. He genuinely believes it and he raises a good point about the quality of teams Staubach and Troy Aikman played on compared to the teams Romo has been on.
“I think Tony hopefully is going to win a Super Bowl and if he doesn’t he’s going to be one of the great quarterbacks to have played in the NFL, like a Dan Marino and there’s really great quarterbacks that haven’t (won a Super Bowl),” Staubach said. “His career, he’s still got years left, but what he’s done and accomplished is fantastic. The guy is really a good quarterback. He’s in the top five quarterbacks as far as I’m concerned today. He’s right there with the best of the best in the NFL. It would be nice to have it all click at the same time and put together a Super Bowl run, which look at what he Giants did last year, they were 7-7 and got the whole thing together.
“Tony is part of the reason it can happen. He’s not the reason it won’t happen. It’s the reason it could happen because he is truly one of the really great quarterbacks in the NFL today. And his play on the field proves it. I had the same feeling when Troy got on the field as I do with Tony. When we finally got Aikman I said, ‘We finally got a chance to win this game.’ And now I feel the same with Tony. We have a chance, as long as he’s in there, to win the game. I think Troy and I both at times had stronger teams than Tony has, but Tony, he’s got some good things cooking now.”