Yesterday [November 15], the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, finally addressed the media with a highly anticipated prepared statement in regards to his new position as apart of the Cowboys now, 8-1 team, since he will be active again this week as the team defends their winning streak against the Baltimore Ravens.
Romo sat out for 10 weeks after suffering from a compression fracture in his back during a pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks. Originally, Romo, the Cowboys organization, and Cowboys fans all expected Romo to return to the field in four weeks time. During that four week span, Dak Prescott led the team to a 3-1 record averaging roughly 253 passing yards.
Last year, Romo suffered from a broken collarbone and missed the majority of the Cowboys losing season. But unlike this year, there was no Dak Prescott stepping up to the plate and leading this team to the best season record they’ve seen since 1978. Over the past few weeks, sports fans have been predicting the results of Romo’s return. Will he return as a starter based off the strength of his relationships with the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff and administration, as well as the legacy he has built with his team? Or will Jerry Jones continue to depend on Prescott and place a ten year starter, four time pro-bowler as a backup quarterback behind a thriving rookie?
After realizing Romo’s injury was more serious than expected, he has now sat out for 10 whole weeks. After Sunday’s win against , Jerry Jones officially confirmed that the Cowboys will continue with Prescott’s hot hand and Romo will be Prescott’s backup upon his return. Since the decision has been made, Romo expresses his thought process during what is probably a very challenging time for him both physically and mentally. All in all, Romo exuding much strength, grace, and maturity during his public statement in which he wholeheartedly supports Dak as the team’s new leader and emphasizes the importance of being a team player in the world of sports.
“We all know something magical is happening to our team. I’m not going to allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows that I have his back. And I think I know that he has mine. Ultimately, it’s about the team. It’s what we’ve preached our entire lives.”
Watch the full video of Romo’s speech below.