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Tony Romo not worried about back, legacy

6/13/2014

IRVING, Texas -- In an interview that will appear Friday night on NFL Network, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo reaffirms he has a lot left to give even after two back surgeries in less than a year.

In the past month, Romo has said he has either five or six years left. In this interview, he's not as specific.

"I'll be able to play for a while," Romo said. "There are way too many cases where you see people come back; Troy Aikman had it -- they won a Super Bowl the same season. Joe Montana comes back and wins two Super Bowls. They had the same surgery."

Romo had a discectomy last December and has been limited in his offseason work, staying out of competitive team drills. He did not do any throwing last offseason because of surgery to remove a cyst from his back.

Romo said he expects to be 100 percent in "two weeks." The Cowboys' offseason program concludes with next week's mandatory minicamp.

Aikman and Montana had already won Super Bowls before their back surgeries. Romo has won one playoff game and the Cowboys have not made the playoffs in the past three seasons in which he has started the majority of games. He missed 10 games in 2010 with a broken collarbone when the Cowboys finished 6-10.

At 34 and the holder of several Cowboys' passing records, he is not thinking about his legacy.

"I'm not into the looking back kind of thing," Romo said. "When I'm done playing, I'll do that but right now it's about improving. I'm not done growing as a football player. I have to keep getting better; if I don't get better, then it doesn't help our football team. We weren't good enough before and it just means that I have to be a better player to help this team get to where we're trying to go. That's my ultimate goal each year."