Every NFL fan, and especially Cowboys fans lately, have all been wondering what is going to happen in Dallas, when Tony Romo gets healthy? Will Tony Romo be named the starter or will they keep the hot hand of rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott, going? The answer finally came this week when veteran Romo came up to the podium and released a statement on the Dak Prescott issue. It took a lot of heart and guts to get up and make an honest statement the way Romo did.
Tony Romo pledged his support for rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott, and said he has earned the right to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback this season. “Dak Prescott, and what he’s done, he’s earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said in a prepared statement. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do. If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.” Romo said it has been very difficult for him to make this statement, especially right now, knowing he is healthy and this is the best team the Cowboys have had in years. Tony Romo is being the bigger man and being honest throughout this whole process.
The last thing Tony Romo wants to do is become a distraction for his team right now. He wants young Prescott to be able to lead the team and win as many ball games as possible this year. Romo will remain the backup quarterback for now and will be there to help assist his team anyway he can throughout the season. Romo said it has been very difficult watching his team start the season 8-1, while he sat on the sideline with another back injury. I can't imagine what it has been like for Romo to sit on the sideline and watch his team get off to the best start they have had in a very long time.
Tony Romo has said that he still feels a burning desire to play and compete in the NFL. However, he might have to find another place other than Dallas to do that next year. “Football is a meritocracy. You’re not handed anything,” Romo said. “I still want to play and compete.” Having Romo come out and make a statement has probably eased quarterback Dak Prescott's mind and answered a lot of questions many Cowboys fans have had for the last few weeks. One thing is for sure, Romo showed again that he is a class act and will be there for his team no matter what.