The Dallas Cowboys will play their first preseason game on Friday, but there’s a new storyline to follow: the return of Tony Romo. The Cowboys quarterback struggled with back problems during the 2017 campaign, and new head coach Jason Garrett recently acknowledged that Romo could be starting the preseason opener. However, Garrett is promising Romo won’t be starting the regular season opener against the Packers on September 9th, so it remains to be seen whether Romo will remain on the roster.
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At this point, you should be well-versed in the Dallas Cowboys’ plans to begin the 2016 season with Tony Romo starting under center, just six months after Romo’s back surgery. The Cowboys are banking on Romo being able to get back to his old self, and perhaps even take them to the Super Bowl title. If you think this plan is crazy, you’re not alone. Even Romo did not believe this plan would work. As a result, the plan’s likelihood of success is about the same as the chances of the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl without Romo.
Jerry Jones is a well-known businessman., the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has spent almost a decade watching Tony Romo hurl touchdowns and fight injuries. Who’d have thought that in the post-Troy Aikman era, an undrafted quarterback from Eastern Illinois would develop into a perennial Pro Bowler?
The Cowboys may retire Romo’s No. 9 and induct him into their Ring of Honor at some point in the future. Jones, on the other hand, has a loftier ambition for his former star quarterback, but he should brace himself for a setback.
Tony Romo should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to Jerry Jones (R) | Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
In recent years, the Cowboys have seen an increasing number of members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jones was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017, while ex-Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson and head coach Jimmy Johnson were inducted earlier this year.
Jones also hopes to see Romo on the stage in Canton, Ohio, at some point. The longstanding owner, according to the Dallas Morning News, recently spoke on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas and supported the four-time Pro Bowler for the Hall of Fame.
“Well, I don’t believe there’s any doubt in my opinion that Tony is talented, and that he has statistically significant achievements. The fact that there was no Super Bowl during that period will always be a factor in determining where Tony Romo will be ranked — not ranked, but acknowledged.”
Next year, Romo will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. DeMarcus Ware, a long-time Cowboys teammate, is also a first-year contender who will most likely be inducted within the next several years.
Romo will very likely not be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player.
To accomplish exactly what it says on the box, Pro Football Reference employs a sophisticated measure known as similarity score. PFR can best determine which players most closely resemble one other by comparing statistics and their greatest seasons.
Romo’s career resembled that of Los Angeles Rams veteran Matthew Stafford, former Jacksonville Jaguars star Mark Brunell, and the recently departed Alex Smith, according to PFR. Stafford is the only one of the three who has a shot at a bronze bust in the Hall of Fame, and winning a Super Bowl before he retires is his key to a bronze bust.
With all due respect to Jones, there is nothing in Romo’s career that suggests he is even close to being a viable Hall of Fame candidate. At his peak, he was a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback who threw for 34,183 yards, 248 touchdowns, and 117 interceptions while completing 65.3 percent of his throws.
But it isn’t someone who deserves to be enshrined. Statistics alone aren’t enough to get someone into the Hall of Fame who hasn’t had much success in the playoffs. Romo never made it to the NFC Championship Game, a failure that Cowboys fans remember every time they recall Dez Bryant’s historic no-catch in the 2014 NFC Divisional Round.
Let’s bring up Matt Hasselbeck for a second, even if he and Romo don’t have comparable PFR ratings. In the playoffs, the three-time Pro Bowler went 5-6 and led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl appearance in February 2006. Romo has a 2-4 playoff record and never advanced beyond the second round.
Romo isn’t a Hall of Fame quarterback, and neither is Hasselbeck.
Romo could always make it to the Hall of Fame as a broadcaster.
The odds are stacked against Romo being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player, but not against his being inducted as a broadcaster.
The Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award is given to individuals who work in the broadcast industry, mainly as play-by-play and color commentators. For example, after more than 25 years of calling NFL games, Fox’s Joe Buck received the award last year.
The Pete Rozelle Award has inducted many legendary color commentators into the Hall of Fame, including John Madden and former Monday Night Football voice Don Meredith. Romo, a highly popular and critically regarded CBS commentator, may be on the podium in the 2040s if he maintains his job for another couple of decades.
Jones, who turns 79 in October, is unlikely to be there to see his former quarterback earn such an accolade. For the time being, he’s willing to support Romo’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame.
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