I’m not going to get too caught up in the Tony Romo sauce today, especially given that we were all burned with past Romo news.
However, I’m going to pretend that the news of Romo ACTUALLY retiring are true. What should we think of his legacy? Where does he fit in the Dallas Cowboys’ history?
First of all, it’s only fair to acknowledge that Romo was one of the good success stories in NFL history. After going undrafted out of Eastern Illinois, he went on to pass for 34,183 yards, 248 touchdowns, 117 interceptions with a passer rating of 97.1.
But with all the good stats Romo put up, there is one accomplishment he failed to attain: postseason success.
Romo only won TWO playoff games as the starting QB. And that leads to the greatest sin in Dallas: no Super Bowl appearance.
Cowboy Nation understands that no QB who ever played for their team will NEVER get any love if he doesn’t get Dallas to a Super Bowl.
You remember Craig Morton, Quincy Carter, Don Meredith, and Drew Bledsoe’s stint in Dallas? Only if you are a Cowboys fan or a diehard sports nut like me.
As far as Cowboys fans are concerned, only Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman are considered Cowboys royalty.
There is one QB that I have yet to name who compares favorably with Romo in terms of legacy and success.
Like Romo, White had a very successful career as the Cowboys’ QB. He passed for 21,959 yards, 155 TDs and 132 INTs.
However, as the case with Romo, White was not be so successful in the postseason. He won only five playoff games in the eight seasons he was the starter.
And last, but not least, no Super Bowl appearance for Mr. White.
Here’s some good news for Romo. Thanks to social media and the fact he has apparently landed a plum TV gig, he will not be as forgotten as White and the other non-postseason success-having Cowboys QBs of years’ past. Even still, fans will look at Romo’s career with a big “what if?” asterisk.
Again, if those retirement rumors are true…