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What Dak Prescott Has Made Me Realize About Being a Cowboys Fan

Sean Martin

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"Dak Prescott has earned the right to be our quarterback, as hard as that is for me to say." - Tony Romo

With these words, along with many other powerful statements made by Tony Romo in his address to the media yesterday, a changing of the guard happened at the most scrutinized position in sports - quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

Out was Tony Romo, the man who embodied this scrutiny over the course of a decade as this team's starter - rising to the occasion each time to keep America's Team relevant through some tough stretches.

In was Dak Prescott, an almost mythical rookie who's said all the right things over the course of his nine starts, including the constant reiteration that this was in fact Tony's team. Now, it is his team, because Romo himself has seen enough in the fourth round draft pick.

Not only was this a tough pill to swallow for Cowboys Nation, and the football community alike, but it was a moment in time that brought me to a greater realization when it comes to the amazing football team I've cheered for since coming into this world on the day they won Super Bowl XXX.

I love Tony Romo, but more importantly, I love the Dallas Cowboys. You CAN (and should) love both. 

Tony Romo has always been my quarterback. He always will be my quarterback. There is simply no way to rightfully put into words how much his presence on this team has meant to me, as the only quarterback I've known growing up a Cowboys fan.

For the longest time, the Dallas Cowboys were my football team, and they were Romo's team - making Romo my quarterback that I would fight to the death to defend. Now, Dak Prescott's team is still my team - and they always will be.

Prescott has this team in first place, and I've enjoyed every second of this truly remarkable 2016 season thus far. I've realized that, because of my clear love for Romo, I've overlooked other greats like Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, or DeMarcus Ware.

For a while, those stars were all just part of Tony Romo's team. They helped Tony Romo win, instead of helping their team win.

Now, 53 players call themselves Dallas Cowboys, and I can proudly say I support them all as members of my football team. Anyone that runs out onto a football field with the greatest logo in the world strapped on their head has my full support, not just Romo.

It is perfectly alright to irrationally love Tony Romo more than any other athlete you've ever respected. I've certainly been there and done that. It is also in your best interest to love any quarterback that can win games as the starter in Dallas, which Prescott is certainly doing right now.

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I am a firm believer that we are all part of teams throughout our life. You have your family, your classmates, your co-workers, and friends. These teams often work best as a cohesive unit that understands their roles on the team.

Tony Romo, one of the greatest players to ever wear the star, reduced his role on his team to a backup QB behind Prescott - in the best interest of this team.

I support Tony Romo's decision, and now I support Dak Prescott as the starting quarterback of my football team. Tony was right, he deserves this.

Let's go beat the Ravens. For Tony Romo. For Dak Prescott. For America's Team.

Tell us what you think about "What Dak Prescott Has Made Me Realize About Being a Cowboys Fan" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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15 Comments
  • Mike

    Well said. Like you I’m a big Romo fan. But I will not jump on the wagon with the rest of the bandwagoners. Dak came in at a perfect time. Came in with the #1 offensive line and and a great running back. Cadillac for Dak.

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      Thank you so much, Mike. Was hoping that these words would resonate to people besides me. Happy to see they did. Appreciate you reading and responding! Go Cowboys!

  • billy hill

    the thing of it is Tony Romo did not lose the job he had the team to take to the Superbowl and just cuz of the injury Jerry Jones strips him of the right to have won the Superbowl as a cowboy over the 14 he did not have the team and players around him to take him to the Superbowl and that was not his fault so hope Jerry Jones is happy with his his decision Romo win a Superbowl as a cowboy much love and respect for Romo not Jerry Jones

  • billy hill

    I think Jerry Jones is making one biggest mistakes he has ever made as owner and GM he’s going to do to Romo thing of it what goes around comes around and I hope for Jerry it’s a big pallet crap it hit. Him right in the Jerry Jones will be sorry he did this to Romo Romo is a good guy and teammate but it should think of yourself first that’s that’s what Jerry Jones is doing he still trying to be Romo’s buddy but it needs to take the knife out of his back before he says he loves Romo and cares about him so I hope Jerry Jones sleeps real good at night hahaha not really

  • https://insidethestar.com/cowboys-headlines/tony-romo-dak-has-earned-the-right-to-be-our-qb/#comments Charles

    I have been a die hard Cowboys fan for 47 years through the good and bad. Saying that I’m disgusted as to how the Romo situation has been handled by management and the coaching staff. Don’t get me wrong I really like Dak and truly believe that he’s the future. I do believe he did get lucky, coming in at the perfect time. It’s unknown how many championships Tony could have brought the Cowboys if he had this much talent around him. So much for not losing your job because of injury. Guess we will never really know how explosive this offense would have been with Romo’s knowledge of the offense and ability to push the ball down the field. GO COWBOYS!!

    • Gary Barrett

      We have a body of work on what Romo could do w/this offense and we’re in better shape w/a qb that isn’t so inclined to throw it to the other team. Romo was Danny White w/a little better engine but he never was Troy or Roger. Dak looks like he could take the boys where Romo never really could. Go Cowboys

      • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

        Go Cowboys is right, although I still think Romo is potentially the greatest QB in team history. Happy to have Dak here too. Appreciate the reply.

      • billy hill

        I’ve never said that didn’t like Dak just Romo have spent the last 10 years getting the hell beat out of him open Sunday J will get smart enough the tribe build a team around him that could win he’s gave his body up he’s always been super loyal to the team he doesn’t get in trouble because I help people in the community was helping him fix flats when it’s snowing or a hard and I slip off the highway I’ll help him push your car back on the road what you should have done cuz he could hurt his hands back four legs that was the end of his career we try to do everything I can to be right and did good in his community then people s*** on him that’s one young guy comes in its Lucky for the time being after playing the Ravens it might not look that good he’s played subpar defenses he’s had five to eight seconds in the pocket all the time so don’t tell me he’s a god he might be a future the right now Romo is a prism they deserve a chance at the Superbowl are you pressurize intake stick your head up Jason Garrett Steve Jones and Jerry Jones butt and kiss off

  • billy hill

    this weekend we’ll see how good Dak really is when he has to face number one defense in the NFL right now there’s a guy defense it loves to hit quarterbacks he said Dak has been too comfortable in the pocket with no pressure he wants to see how good he is when he does get pressure and get hit so I think Dak might be in for a long day they might really find out what it’s like to play QB in the NFL

  • Mike Young

    The only talent difference between the 2014 team and the 2016 team besides Dak is Zeke. Yet, the 2014 team had a similar rushing attack. The 2014 team didn’t get the job done. Let’s see what happens with this team. The energy and diversity of this is palpable.

  • billy hill

    so you don’t think Romo could take his team and win take him to the playoffs and win the Superbowl when was 10 times the quarterback the Dak is and for people to say you can’t do something like winning Super Bowl is crazy is one of the top quarterbacks let’s play the game say the third highest quarterback rating ever I think Romo could do about anything when he had the right team and he had one this year and now he’s being robbed feel like I said before thank you Jerry Sade’s like a son to you I hate to see what do somebody this just an employee or player or even a family member cuz you’re not very loyal to the people did you say you care about PS I’m not sure I want to be a Cowboy fan anymore because wherever Romo plays this is all root for hope they show more loyalty to him that you do

    • http://twitter.com/IntheClutch75 DaProphet (@IntheClutch75)

      Holy smokes. Do you know what “illegible” means?

      • billy hill

        I guarantee you I guarantee you you give Romo one game to knock the rust off and I’ll guarantee you he will take his team to the Superbowl and when it guaranteed

      • billy hill

        holy smokes do you know what blowing me means if not you can just kiss my ass understand good enough for you probably not dumbass I was kidding about blowing me you probably like it too much I hear you need some kind of rusty from it

  • billy hill

    Everybody says Prescott that’s one of the job outright but how come when Tony asked if he could compete for the job back they said no why does Tony Romo will take his job back they would be proven wrong so all the little heaters you know where the sun don’t shine don’t you stick it

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How Cowboys Could Benefit From Randy Gregory’s Suspension

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Randy Gregory is back! His suspension is officially over and he will be able to join the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California when training camp gets underway less than a week from now.

Speculation has already started as to what this could mean for the Dallas Cowboys defense this season, and shockingly expectations are rather high for a player who hasn't stepped foot on the field in over a year. But, that's not what I want to talk about today. Today I want to focus on Gregory's mess of a contract, because it is rather interesting.

Randy Gregory was signed to a four-year contract after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gregory's rookie deal was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season, but his multiple suspensions have now changed that expiration date.

You see, Gregory has only played in a total of 14 games in his career, 12 as a rookie and two in Year 2. His third year in the NFL was completely wiped out due to his year-long suspension. If you were to add that all up, it equates to just one accured season in the NFL. Remember that, because it could have a huge impact on his contract down the road.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

What all of this means is that the Cowboys can pretty much stretch out Gregory's contract now that they are three years in on the deal and have only gotten one accured season out of the agreement. That basically means they can push his contract back a year, meaning his 2017 salary ($731,813) gets pushed back to 2018, his 2018 salary ($955,217) gets pushed to 2019. That would essentially make him a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) in 2020.

Or does it?

Depending on how the Dallas Cowboys handled paying Randy Gregory during his suspension could actually make him an Exclusive Rights Free Agent (EFA). This is a similar situation in which David Irving found himself in after the 2017 season. The Cowboys placed a second-round tender on him in order to secure his services for another season, albeit at a $2.91 million price tag.

As you can see, the Dallas Cowboys pretty much hold all the cards when it comes to Randy Gregory's contract situation. It's all a little confusing, but that's what makes it such a unique and interesting situation.

Of course, the Cowboys could decide to extend Gregory early if he completely dominates upon his return this season. It's highly doubtful though considering his past suspensions, but still technically a possibility. If it does happen, you can go ahead and ignore everything I've written previously.



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Earl Thomas: Age is Just a Number Part II

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Yesterday, I wrote a piece attempting to assuage the fears that many in Cowboys Nation have about handing a contract extension out to Earl Thomas, who is 29 years old as we enter the 2018 NFL season.

In the comment section, a reader posed a very good question that is the basis for the rest of this article:

Earl Thomas Comparisons at age 29 and Beyond

It's a great question that certainly required some research, but Cowboys fans all across the world should be encouraged by my findings.

Just to refresh, here are the players we looked at as favorable comparisons to Earl Thomas at this point in his career. I searched Pro Football Reference for safeties who had at least three All-Pro First Team selections and at least six Pro Bowl appearances.

Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

The average age of the players listed at the time when they reached their third All-Pro was 31 years old. I'm removing Deion Sanders and Roger Wehrli from the equation as most of their work was done at cornerback.

Let's look at a chart that outlines what these guys careers looked like at age 29 and beyond to get a better picture. Remember, Earl Thomas already has three All-Pro selections and six Pro Bowls. Many of these guys didn't reach those kind of accolades until their 30s.

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The first thing I noticed as I looked into this question is that only two players had three or more All-Pro First Team selections prior to age 29, like Earl Thomas has. Those players were Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott. Every other player on this list didn't hit their third All-Pro selection until age 29 or later.

Only one player reached his sixth Pro Bowl prior to his age 29 season, that player is Ronnie Lott, who many NFL Analysts consider to be the greatest safety of all-time. Most of the players didn't achieve their third All-Pro selection until their age 29 season or later. Earl Thomas reached his third All-Pro selection at age 25.

Here's a hot take for you: Earl Thomas, when it's all said and done could be considered the greatest safety of all-time.  I'll just leave that there to marinate and if a trade does happen, we'll come back to that.

Back to the chart.

Another thing I want to point out is that none of these players were 100% healthy. Such is the life in the NFL, especially as you get older, but they were available for at least 14 games a majority of their seasons aged 29 or later. Health is an unpredictable animal in the NFL, but the safety position allows for much more longevity than many other positions. And as the chart depicts, it's a position that ages well.

So, as you can see in the chart, players who were highly productive prior to their age 29 season were also highly productive for several seasons after. These players went onto average almost seven more years in the league from their age 29 seasons.

Most players continued to average a healthy amount of interceptions. The player that saw the biggest decline from the early part of his career to the post-29 part of his career was Brian Dawkins. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos safety went from three interceptions per season prior to 29 to 1.9 interceptions per season 29 and after.

When it comes to the safety position, the elite seem to be able to get the most of their bodies and their abilities and can prolong their prime. The position relies as much on intelligence and awareness as it does quickness and athleticism. Earl Thomas has the mental capacity to play the game for many more years and there's been zero evidence to suggest that he is experiencing any physical decline.

At the rate of his career that he's on, Earl Thomas is destined for the Hall of Fame. He's one of the faces of the Legion of Boom defense that propelled the Seattle Seahawks into the elite category of teams in the early part of this decade.

If and when an Earl Thomas trade does occur, don't sweat an extension for Thomas.

Thomas' credentials put him in an elite group of players who played the game for a very long time and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to do so.

The Dallas Cowboys aren't that far off from having a Super Bowl contending defense built in the image of the Seattle Seahawks. Going to get the All-Pro, future Hall of Fame safety is the final piece to the to the Dallas Cowboys completing construction on "Doomsday III." 

Everything else is there for the Dallas Cowboys, now all they have to do is: Go. Get. Earl!



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Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPN

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ESPN has long been considered "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," and for a long time that title was justified. If you wanted your national sports news, where did you turn to but the cable sports channel to watch that day's episode of SportsCenter. But over the last few years, it's become more and more clear that it's "The Worldwide Leader" in name only.

The ratings are dropping and the network has had to make a lot of business decisions as it relates to much of their on-air talent over the last several years. With their latest under 25 starting 22 -- ahem, troll job -- they seem to have finally come to terms that they are basically First Take.

Noah Brown put it best in his reaction to the ESPN "Insider" voting that led to Saquon Barkley being named to the starting 22 ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. Brown, Elliott's teammate when both were at Ohio State University, came to his defense upon seeing the list.

Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPNAnd here is the ESPN list:

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43 of our NFL Insiders voted. Here's their best starting roster under the age of 25.

I'm sure there could be debates about different positions on the squad. Personally, quarterback is one where an argument could be made for Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott over DeShaun Watson, but that's for another time.

But to have a rookie, who has never played a down in the NFL ahead of the NFL's league leader in rushing for 2016, Ezekiel Elliott, is laughable.

Ridiculous.

Shameful even.

The fact that they had 43, again I use the quotations, "Insiders" vote on this and Ezekiel Elliott wasn't listed as one of the two running backs just shows you how far they've come as a network.

Let's remember that Ezekiel Elliott has averaged a touchdown a game -- receiving and rushing -- in his 25-game career. No running back has more rushing yards than Elliott does over the last two years, including 2017 league rushing leader, Kareem Hunt. No running back has more rushing touchdowns than Elliott's 22 rushing TDs.

Ezekiel Elliott's yards per carry is a healthy 4.63. Todd Gurley sits at 3.93. No player with more than 1,800 rushing yards over the last two years has a better yards per attempt than Ezekiel Elliott.

I get that you'd vote Todd Gurley in there, but to not have Ezekiel Elliott, arguably the game's best running back on your Under 25 starting 22 just makes you look like Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith. Not a sports journalism entity worthy of people throwing money at for "Insider" access.

I won't say that I never or will never watch ESPN, because where else am I gonna go for Monday Night Football, Todd Archer, or the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships? When I'm at my father-in-law's, I'll watch SportsCenter first thing in the morning, because it will be on and you don't change another man's television.

"The Worldwide Leader," however, loses credibility when they promote a list like this that has such a glaring omission.

Perhaps, maybe the goal wasn't to put out an accurate list. Maybe the goal was to get us talking about their list, just like when NFL Network releases their Top 100 players list. Like they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

This troll job from ESPN has certainly gotten them some publicity, or should I say, notoriety.



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