I hate everything about the Dallas Cowboys. I hate their bandwagon fans, Jerry Jones, their team from the ’90s, their incredible offensive line who I could run for maybe 100 yards (in a season) behind, Dak and Zeke who are going to ruin my life as a Giant fan for the next ten years… Yeah, you catch my drift. I take especially great joy in seeing Tony Romo do his usual Tony Romo things, whether it’s throwing an interception that costs the Cowboys a game or having his usual injury that ends with him being out for at least six weeks (I don’t root for players to get injured, but when you get injured literally every year it becomes kind of funny). But yesterday was the first time I ever felt some compassion towards Dallas’ newly appointed backup quarterback.
I rarely ever feel bad for multi-millionaires, because they have millions of dollars and I don’t and probably never will. Those who say money can’t buy happiness are full of shit. You tell me how many times you’ve seen someone who never has to worry about their finances with a frown on their face. Yesterday was one of those few times I felt bad for a million-dollar celebrity, not including the ones that suffered something tragic in their life such as a death in the family or an automobile accident. Come on, I’m not that big of a monster.
Yesterday, Tony Romo gave a press conference alluding to the fact that he is no longer, and probably never will be again, the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. As I said before, I usually love seeing Romo down in the dumps, but this was not one of those times. I genuinely felt for the guy in a way I haven’t felt for too many athletes before.
What I liked so much about Romo’s press conference was that he came across as genuine and authentic, which is something you don’t see a lot nowadays. I hate when athletes give their typical bullshit standard answers at press conferences because while I get it’s what their PR people tell them to do, it’s just annoying hearing the same answers every time. Romo was the complete opposite of that.
He gave his endorsement for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott as the team’s new starter but he didn’t hide from the fact that it hurt. He stated how hard it was for him to get injured on what was probably the best team he’s ever been on and that, while he likes seeing them do well, it’s hard for him not being the guy leading his team, also saying that he was also in a dark place. That is what I’m talking about, those are the answers I want from athletes. I have absolutely no problem with anything Romo said yesterday, in fact, I loved every word of it.
Every professional athlete (especially a starting quarterback) has an ego. That’s fine. It’s part of their persona, and it seems like it’s what gives them the edge to go out and compete each game. I may hate Tony Romo, but I’m not stupid enough to think he’s not a damn good quarterback. When he went down in the preseason, America, including me, thought that the Cowboys were completely screwed. Eight straight wins later, they’re now the top team in the NFC and legitimate Super Bowl contenders behind the playmaking ability of a rookie quarterback. It can’t be a much bigger blow to your ego than that, so for him to be honest about that was something I couldn’t have had more respect for.
While I will probably never like Tony Romo as a quarterback, regardless of what team he plays for because I can’t imagine him being a Cowboy after this year, I gained so much respect for him as a person with the press conference he gave yesterday. I hope this is the start of athletes coming across more as people instead of robots during interviews.