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This season, Romo has gone back and forth between the labels of hero and choke artist.
Late game mistakes by the quarterback were the primary cause for losses against the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions, but his gutty performances against the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins after cracking his ribs made him the toast of the town.
Romo's legacy rests upon his ability to get better, but while he needs to improve in his late game decision-making, he shouldn't have to stop taking risks.
Romo is often compared to Brett Favre—a quarterback who can lose you a game as fast as he can win you one. Favre was criticized for his flaws and praised for his heroics, but the Green Bay Packers stuck with him long enough to get a Super Bowl win out of him.
For better or for worse, Romo is the guy who gives the Cowboys the best chance at postseason success. If he never gets Dallas to the Promised Land, he probably won't be remembered as fondly as Troy Aikman, but that doesn't mean he should be shunned or sent into exile.
Romo is a solid quarterback, and he deserves a couple of years with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten on the field to see what he can accomplish (the team does need to grab another viable threat at wide receiver to add depth and help when guys are injured).
Will Romo ever win in all? No one can know, but if he doesn't he should be remembered as a guy who left it all on the field.