How will Romo be remembered?

Updated: January 19, 2014

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-My grandma told me a long time ago- a long time ago- to never pay a man until he finishes the job.

Well, I guess Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones didn’t get her memo. Because, despite his love affair for Tony Romo, a 33 year old, undrafted QB from Eastern Illinois, who has only won one playoff game in 10 years, he generously gave the gunslinger a whopping six-year contract worth $108 million, with $55 million guaranteed.

With so much money on the table, even former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb tweeted, “Wow, really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me.”

Yes. Tony Romo, despite his perceived “greatness”, seemingly has had a case of seven years of bad luck while playing for America’s team- ever since he was made the starting quarterback -by then-head coach Bill Parcell in 2006.

Romo’s bad luck, oddly, came in the form of the late game interceptions, fumbled snaps, and this year, no-fault of his own, a injuried back, which kept him out of the winner takes all NFC East Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles, that his back-up QB Kyle Horton in “Tony-Romo fashion” threw a game-winning interception in the Cowboys’ 22-24 lost.

Unfortunately, for a few devastating Dallas fans, subconsciously, they feel that Tony has destroyed this once playoff bound franchise.romo

Honestly, these critical Cowboy fans, who are desperately wanting to make the playoffs and win another Super Bowl consider Romo to be simply a paper champion and stat stuffer, whose numbers while looking legendary haven’t made him a legend like Troy Aiken or Roger Starbach.

Or, even Danny White, for that matter, who took the Cowboys to three straight NFC Championship game between 1980 to 1982.

In other words, Romo is still ring less.

As a result, America’s team’s favorite QB is like the American Idol contestant who can’t get past the preliminary rounds, despite being one of the most talented members in the group.

Because, somehow, he chokes in the end.

Therefore, as we wait for Romo to bounce back next year from his back surgery; fortune tellers are trying to determine whether Tony will end his career like Dan Fouts, Dan Marino or Jim Kelly.

Or, simply, become Mark Sanchez……

Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies,  is currently the Managing Editor  of  Black Athlete Sports Network, where  his articles  appear daily along with his controversial  cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at

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