Troy Aikman vs. Tony Romo: Is There Really Any Comparison?

Christian Blood@@cowboysguruContributor IIIMarch 26, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Troy Aikman attends the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Packers  51-45 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The answer to the headline is no.

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman stirred the pot last week in South Texas when he told the Brownsville Herald that he thought starting quarterback Tony Romo is better at the position than he was.

I've never really understood why so many insist upon comparing apples to oranges.

In this case, Aikman is an apple and Romo is an orange.

There are some who will say that championship rings are what determine a quarterback's worth. There is often truth to this ideology, but at other times it just doesn't apply.

For example, does anyone really believe that former Baltimore quarterback Trent Dilfer was a better quarterback than former Dolphins passer Dan Marino? Dilfer and the 2000 Ravens won a Super Bowl, Marino didn't.

Is former Washington quarterback Mark Rypien better than retired Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelley? Rypien won one title while Kelley went to four straight, but lost each.

The answer to both questions is no, and not because championships don't mean anything, but because even a basic sense of logic would tell you that the players mentioned above are all different.

It really is as simple as that.
Dallas Cowboys figures from today and yesterday have chimed in at this point and the answers are hardly surprising.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Current Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett feels that Aikman's assessment is absolutely correct. Then again, Garrett is prepared to agree with just about anything Aikman says—always has.

However, after hearing former safety Darren Woodson's comments, it's clear there really can't be much merit to what Aikman says. Woodson even suggested that Aikman might have been drinking.

In this case, everybody is right and there is no need to argue about it. Aikman and Romo are about as different as you can possibly get when it comes to discussing the very position of quarterback.

Aikman has three championship rings.

Romo has the second-best passer rating of all time.

Both of those distinctions are pretty damn impressive and they also prove that both of these quarterbacks are something special to the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo never had offensive lineman like Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams and Larry Allen lining up in front of him. Romo has obviously never had any serious running game supporting him, either.

However, Aikman never played in today's watered down game consisting of 32 teams and a growing disdain for defense among NFL brass. All-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith is where so many of Aikman's passing yards and touchdown passes went—and that is why he got the jewelry.

As opposed to pondering the differences between these two awesome passers, how about looking at what they have in common?

What we do know is that Romo and Aikman are both capable of winning championships. Only the surrounding cast makes these two seem so far apart to novice Cowboys fans who really don't know much about the game of football overall.

How do we know this?

Well, one did it three times and the other has proven about the same number of times that he can run an offense that is certainly playoff caliber.

The truth is, both Aikman and Romo are great quarterbacks. Keep in mind that greatness isn't only defined by championships. Great, in this case, refers to how a quarterback plays the position.

I'll say it again: Both Troy Aikman and Tony Romo are great.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin probably said it best when he essentially stated that he trusted Aikman more in the pocket and Romo outside the pocket.

Fair enough.