Tony Romo is a lightning rod.
When Romo first burst onto the scene in 2006, replacing an ineffective Drew Bledsoe after halftime of a Sunday night game, almost every Dallas Cowboys fan was excited.
But that was then. Now, we are in December 2011, and the Romo defenders are much fewer and far less vocal than the Romo haters. Or, at least that is the perception.
The reason the seat Romo sits in is so hot is simple: This is the Dallas Cowboys. The standard for QB in Dallas is Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Lombardi trophies. Nothing less will do.
But even when guys named Staubach and Aikman are at the helm, the Cowboys are susceptible to the backup quarterback infatuation that permeates the NFL.
Just ask Danny White.
For years, White waited patiently behind Staubach. He served as the team's punter and backup quarterback and was a fan favorite.
Then, Staubach retired and Danny ascended the throne. He was as good as advertised, too. His numbers were extraordinary. He set a number of team records. He guided his Cowboys to three consecutive NFC title games.
Please select the correct answer:
Guess what Danny White did not do?
You got it! Danny never won a Super Bowl. In fact, he never won an NFC championship game. By almost any standard, White forged a highly successful career for himself.
But this is not almost any standard. This is the Dallas Cowboys.
Now, back to Romo and some fun facts regarding this quarterback so many Cowboys fans and Cowboys haters love to deride:
- Romo is 46-28-0 as a starter. That is a winning percentage of 62 percent, which means over a 16-game season, you can expect his team to win 9.92 games.
- Romo has thrown 144 touchdowns and 71 interceptions. This is a TD/Int ratio of better than two-to-one.
- Romo has an average QB rating of 96.4.
- Romo has led nine fourth quarter comebacks.
- In six years as a starting QB, Romo has thrown for 20,296 yards.
- Romo was an undrafted free agent.
By comparison, Aikman posted these numbers on his way to Canton and the NFL Hall of Fame:
- Aikman's record as a starting QB was 94-71-0. That is a winning percentage of 56.9. On average, his teams won 9.12 games per season.
- Aikman threw 165 touchdowns and 141 interceptions. That is much closer to a one-to-one ration than Romo's two-to-one mark.
- Aikman had an average QB rating of 81.6.
- Aikman threw for 32,942 yards during his 12-year career.
- Aikman was the first player taken in the 1989 NFL draft.
Now, why do you hate Romo?
There is only one reason that makes any sense at all. While Aikman was 11–4 in the playoffs with three Super Bowl wins, Tony Romo is 1–3.
With all of this said, I have a very good reason for Cowboys fans to hate Romo less. It is a simple one that only asks you to remember. Just...remember.
I am suggesting that a bad memory is a big problem with Romo haters. So, I would like to challenge you to a quiz. Just click on the link and take the quiz below and then ask yourself this question: How bad do I really hate Tony Romo?
How did you do? I suffered brain freeze while taking it and could not remember three of them. When you consider the post-Troy, pre-Tony era of Cowboys football, does it do anything to lessen your Romo misery?
Or is that elusive sixth Lombardi trophy the only thing that will cure it?