Tony Romo: 10 Worst Moments Of The Dallas QB's Career
After a broken clavicle in Monday night's game against the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys will see Jon Kitna take over for the much maligned quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo has been one of the most polarizing figures in sports in the past five years.
He puts up great numbers, so his fans have something to stand behind, but he has been heralded as an over-hyped part of a good offensive system who can't lead his team in the clutch.
Whether you like him or hate him, Romo has had a topsy-turvey career in only five years of starting for Dallas, and here are his top ten worst moments.
Everybody knows that Terrell Owens is a polarizing figure in the NFL, especially Tony Romo.
Romo had to deal with paranoia that Owens had of he and Jason Witten being in cahoots and conspiring to run more through Witten, and his incessant yelling on the sidelines.
There was also the whole, "Thats my quarterback." crying game that Terrell Owens played, constantly saying one thing about Romo, and then showing the opposite.
That would be frustrating for any quarterback.
December 16th 2007
You can't make a list about Tony Romo and not include something about Jessica Simpson can you?
Well, December 16, 2007 was the first time in which Simpson showed up at a Cowboys game wearing her pink Romo jersey.
Romo threw three interceptions that day and had a 22.2 QB rating for the game, and the Cowboys lost to the Eagles 10-6, starting the spread of the idea that having Simpson at football games left Romo distracted, and negatively impacted his performance.
Tony Romo was quite a good quarterback at Eastern Illinois.
He was a three time All-American and three time OVC Player of the Year.
He then went to the combine and wowed quite a few scouts, with many teams showing interest in the young fella, alas, when draft day came, he did not hear his name called.
In hindsight, that might have been one of the best things that could have happen to Romo, as he was contacted and signed by the Cowboys, plus, it sounds better to be the undrafted quarterback who worked his way up the ranks, rather than a sixth or seventh round pick.
Cabo With Jessica
Romo and Simpson were photographed in Cabo San Lucas during the bye week of the 2008 playoffs, the week before he and the Cowboys lost in a close game with the Giants.
Romo was heartily criticized by the media for being so lax on his preparations, saying that it sends a bad message to the rest of the team to vacation during the season.
Even Cowboy great Troy Aikman said, "I think maybe things happened so quickly for Tony in terms of obscurity to all of a sudden national spotlight that he hasn't fully grasped what being the Cowboys quarterback is all about."
And in Texas, you don't want Troy Aikman criticizing you.
The Broken Clavicle
The first major injury of the quarterback's career was a tough one.
He went down on Monday night with a fractured collarbone after taking a hit from Michael Boley and falling awkwardly on his own arm.
Any injury that leaves you out for an extended period of time has got to be a lowlight of your career.
2008 Week 17 Vs. Eagles
In the eleventh hour, Romo and the Cowboys faced off against the Eagles for the final playoff spot available in the NFC.
The Cowboys went on to get trounced 44-6, as Romo threw an interception and lost two fumbles.
He passed for only 186 yards and no touchdowns and his record in December fell to 5-8 in his career at that point. This raised questions of his ability to be a good quarterback and leader in the clutch.
A week after winning the first playoff game of his career against the Eagles, Romo laid yet another big-game egg.
He came out flat and overwhelmed against the Vikings defense, as he was sacked six times, threw an interception and fumbled three times, losing two.
The 'Boys lost the game 34-3.
For the second straight season, the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs directly as a result of a Tony Romo miscue.
With nine seconds left in the game, and the Cowboys down 21-17, Romo threw an interception in the end zone that landed safely in the hands of R. W. McQuarters.
The loss marked the first time in 20 years that the number one seed in the NFC lost their first game in the playoffs and sent the Cowboys home with six consecutive playoff losses since 1996.
Cowboys Stadium Opener
In the home opener of the 2009 season, the first home game played in Jerry Jones' palace, Romo and the Cowboys laid an egg.
He threw three interceptions against only one touchdown and 127 yards passing.
The loss led to many questioning his performance in big games, such as Tony Dorsett, who said, "Well, for one thing, I don't know why on God's earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League,"
We all know the play.
It is the absolute worst thing that a player can do, make a mistake that costs his team the game, and this was one of those mistakes.
The field goal would have sent the Cowboys to the second round of the playoffs.
The thing about this play is, that if Romo would have made it those last few inches and scored a touchdown, we would be talking about that play completely differently. It would be a testament to Romo's quick mind rather than his nervous fumble.