Romo was making his first media appearance since being named the Cowboys backup QB after spending the better part of the last decade as the team’s starter.
Romo entered the year expecting to be the Cowboys starter for the 11th-consecutive season, but he fractured a vertebra in his lower back during a preseason game, giving Prescott an opportunity to lead “America’s Team”.
Dallas lost their first regular season game with Prescott at the helm, but have since rattled off eight-straight wins and now have an NFL-best 8-1 record.
Prescott has been a large part of the Cowboys success alongside fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
The two have made the Cowboys offense one of the most formidable in the league and led many to believe Dallas is a true Super Bowl contender, something they never were under Romo’s guidance.
But Romo demonstrated a tremendous amount of class and grace on Tuesday when he admitted that even he believes the Cowboys have the best chance to win with Prescott as the offensive anchor:
Romo also said:
“Dak Prescott, and what he’s done, he’s earned the right to be our quarterback. 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’s display of sportsmanship and support for the team’s rookie QB shows an important leadership quality that few have.
It’s also a sentiment to Romo’s ambition to win to watch him swallow his pride and realize that he isn’t going to make the team better — the man replacing him will.
That’s not to say Romo is a bad quarterback; in fact, he’s one of the best the storied Cowboys have ever had.
In his career with Dallas, he’s thrown for 34,154 yards and 247 touchdowns, both franchise records. He’s also led the team to a 78-49 regular season record in games he started, the third-highest winning percentage in Cowboys history behind only Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.
But those men also have something Romo doesn’t — Super Bowl rings.
Romo has never even played in an NFC Championship game, and the Cowboys are 2-4 in the playoffs with him as the starter.
Those stats will forever haunt his career if it ends as Prescott’s backup, giving the impression that Romo was never able to win games when they mattered most.
Prescott, who has thrown 14 TDs and only two interceptions this year, will likely lead his team to the postseason though what happens after that remains to be seen.
One thing is for certain, Tony Romo should be praised for his elegant endorsement.
It would be a shame to see his career end this way, but perhaps now the team has a chance to get to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1996.
Romo has demonstrated the definition of teamwork and the importance of integrity and selflessness.
The Cowboys will look to win their ninth game this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens.