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“Yet, at this point, Romo's career is recognized as much, if not more, for his failures as his accomplishments. He has only one playoff victory, and Romo's most memorable moments have been disappointing season finales: the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks sealed by his botched hold on a field goal, losing to the Giants as a No. 1 seed in the 2007 playoffs, a 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 with a playoff berth on the line and the loss to the Giants in last season's finale. "You never really get over letdowns," Romo said. "You just use them as a tool to get better. I think what you do is you don't basically use it as a crutch. ... "There's a couple different ways you can go mentally when things don't go your way. One of them is just to sulk and have pity about either, 'Why me?' or 'How come we're not good enough?' or 'How come we didn't get the job done?' and all that. The other side is, 'OK, why?' You just say, 'Why wasn't our team good enough?' or 'Why wasn't I good enough?' or 'How can we do things to get better?' And you analyze it and you learn from it. Every time you can do that, you get better the next time." Romo said he wants to be remembered as a player who reached every bit of his potential. "And when I say that," Romo said, "I'd like to think that the bar is pretty high and I can get to a level that's very high." The Super Bowl is the standard for a franchise that has five Lombardi Trophies. Romo realizes that, saying the chance to compete for a championship is the driving force that motivates him. "The Super Bowl is obviously the biggest team accomplishment, and also as a quarterback, it's what we're defined as," Romo said. "I think for me that would be the one obvious (thing) that you play the game for. All the hours and the sweat and the time that you do and those tough moments when I'm alone doing what I do, that's what you think about. "You don't rest until you feel that accomplishment. For me, that's always going to be there. That's going to be a very singular-driven focus. That's the way I am, and that's the way it's going to be until that happens. That's the way I'd like to be remembered."
You don't rest until you feel that accomplishment. For me, that's always going to be there. That's going to be a very singular-driven focus. That's the way I am, and that's the way it's going to be until that happens. That's the way I'd like to be remembered.” -- Tony Romo, on winning a Super Bowl