Well, Cowboys Nation, It’s been a wild ride. A ride with optimism, heartbreak and even some breathtaking moments. A ride that had — at times — divided the fan base. A ride that we’ll always regret having overlooked… 78 wins, 34,154 yards, and 247 touchdowns later, here we are. The Tony Romo Era has ended.
No matter where you stand on the issue, there is no denying Tony Romo deserves to be mentioned among the best Cowboys of all time. Aside from his legendary statistics and his franchise records, Romo was a cerebral leader who always gave the team an opportunity to win.
Now, as we usher in the Dak Prescott era officially, it’s bittersweet to watch Romo put his all out there for his team one more time. To swallow his pride, his legacy, and humbly take a step back for the future of the franchise to shine.
Love him or hate him, that has always been Tony.
The reality is that at this given moment, Romo might be the best quarterback on the roster. Hell, I’d be hard-pressed to give you seven quarterbacks better than Romo in the league right now. Yet, all things considered, Dak has the chemistry with the team and the hot-hand right now (you can’t overlook eight wins), and, in his last selfless moment, Romo put the team first and rightly gave his support to the future regime.
What we saw from Tony Romo yesterday was something we don’t get to view often — class.
This league has been tainted with bad attitudes and selfish role models chasing personal fame or paychecks. Romo has personally faced countless critics and a thankless fan base; but despite all that, he remains that guy we can point out to our kids as a true role model. He never got caught up in his contract, never got caught in Vegas on a binge. Outside of a few games of golf, he came to work every day and got better.
Next year, Tony Romo will likely be with another team. He may be wearing orange and blue along with DeMarcus Ware. While it may seem like the automatic reaction to root against him, remember all he’s done here, remember what he’s meant for the franchise these last 10 years, remember what he’s meant for your fandom — because it’s more than winning or losing.
That’s my quarterback…
** Editor's Note: This article was written by a Guest Contributor and special friend to Inside The Star, a man who dedicated years to making this site and @CowboysNation what it is today. Thanks, Bo, for stopping by.