Tony Romo: No Glory but Plenty of Guts

Joe RussomannoCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo is an NFL quarterback whose name has attracted controversy as a garbage can attract flies last week.

With no Super Bowl rings, Romo has no way in the foreseeable future to silence his critics. Fans and mainstream media will circle like vultures over a wounded gazelle.

Few will credit Dallas' fourth-quarter debacle to ill-advised play calling or a special team snafu. That is not to say Romo protected the football with his utmost ability. Let's remember something, shall we? The Dallas Cowboys have an offensive line that retired Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe and allowed Romo to suffer a season-ending injury last year.

Don't get me wrong, none of the current players were there for Aikman's or Bledsoe's swan songs. However, this aspect of the Dallas Cowboys has been bad for a decade or so now and only looked good once Romo took the reigns.

Against the 49ers this past Sunday, this unit looked inept at protecting its quarterback against a mediocre defense.

Felix Jones only managed to register 44 yards in Sunday's game. Ye,s the Dallas Cowboys played from behind, but last week against the NY Jets they had a lead and Jones registered similar stats.

What this all boils down to is: Romo is making passing plays that not even Hall of Fame quarterback Aikman could make behind this line.

Did Aikman have what it takes to win the big one? Absolutely he did!

However, that is not the point of this commentary. My point is this: All week the media lambasted this kid for not having the ability to get it done in the big one, but this week he pulls his team's butt out of the fire with a broken rib to win.

Romo threw for more than 342 yards with a broken rib! All the haters and doubters need to take that into consideration. No, the 49ers are not the NY Jets or the New England Patriots, but doggone if that was not one of the gutsiest performances of a quarterback ever. I don't know what it is!

Simply stated: He might not ever win a Super Bowl as he doesn't have all the help (missed field goals would take at least two Super Bowl rings from Tom Brady!), but he has the skill and the guts to play through the pain to put his team in position to win.