Tony Dorsett thinks Romo hasn’t done anything to deserve stardom
Like anyone else, we formulate views and then we keep our eyes open for opinions that agree with ours.
And we’ve found something that meshes with our take on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Actually, the recent comments of Cowboys Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett go farther than anything we’ve ever said about Romo.
Here’s what Dorsett had to say about Romo, during a Monday visit with Chris Myers and Steve Hartman of FOX Sports Radio, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
“Well, for one thing, I don’t know why on God’s earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League,” Dorsett said. “Tony is very young in his career. Not to say you can’t be young in your career and be a superstar because you’ve got one up there in Minnesota in Adrian Peterson.
“But the thing is this: You have a guy who hasn’t done much and quarterbacks in the National Football League, most of them go through this growing curve. [Romo] hasn’t gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden. Now he’s having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies. I mean, he’s a young quarterback, that’s going to happen. He’s not going to be on top of his game every game week in and week out, because this game is a very fast moving game and he makes some decisions sometimes -- he’s like a gambler man, he takes chances and sometimes those things, he gets bit in the butt by that.
“But, he’s a good player who’s still learning how to play in the National Football League and I think the media has given him too much credit for doing nothing. He hasn’t done anything really in the National Football League to deserve all the recognition and visibility that he’s gotten so far.”
Our position has been that Romo has done well, but that he has been unwilling or unable to maximize his potential. As a result, Romo currently has his head pressed against a ceiling.
And he seems to be OK with that.
Dorsett isn’t, and Romo needs to take to heart the words of the greats who came before him, he needs to dedicate every waking moment (especially during the season) to perfecting his craft, and he needs to realize that he will have decades to hone his golfing skills or just hang out with his hat on backwards and watch bullriding or bowling or whatever it is that he’s doing when he’s not studying film and working out and studying film and working out and studying film. And working out.
It’s his choice. But the odds of achieving success will be stacked against him until he makes the same commitment that men like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Matt Ryan already have made.