As arguably one of the most criticized quarterbacks in the NFL, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys receives a lot of the blame for the team’s struggles and inability to live up to expectations over the past few seasons.
Despite Romo’s struggles, owner Jerry Jones has let it be known that the 32-year-old will be retain for the foreseeable future with a contract extension. Romo will remain with the Cowboys moving forward regardless of the fans pushing for a change at the quarterback position in Dallas.
Fans in Dallas might not be all that happy with Jones’ decision on Romo’s future, but Hall of Famer and Cowboys legend Troy Aikman believes Romo is a special player and deserves respect. Aikman talked about Romo and possibilities heading into 2013 with the veteran still the team’s starter via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News:
“I’m a big fan of his and I’ve said it all along,” Aikman said. “He’s a special player. Unfortunately, not enough people recognize that.
“It’s hard to do. Whether or not he ultimately does it or doesn’t, to me, isn’t really the primary thing. The main thing is you build this team, if you believe that he is capable of doing that, which I believe he is and I believe the Cowboys feel that way as well. Then, you can put the other pieces around him and you have a chance to be really good and really competitive. And I believe that that’s been the case.”
Aikman remains confident Romo is the right man under center for the Cowboys and can lead the team back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995. Aikman was able to win three Super Bowl titles with the Cowboys during the ’90s and believes Romo can be the next in a long line of successful quarterbacks for Dallas in terms of leading the team back to the Super Bowl in the near future.
In nine seasons with the Cowboys, seven as the team’s starting quarterback, Romo has thrown for 25,737 yards, 91 touchdowns and 85 interceptions with a career passer rating of 95.6. Romo has only led the Cowboys to the NFL playoffs twice during his time in Dallas with only one win during that time against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.