Tony Romo Chokes Up During Press Conference Handing Reins To Dak Prescott
Tony Romo's future in Dallas had never been questioned in nine seasons as the Cowboys quarterback. Not once. Sure, there were trying times and questions about whether he was "elite" enough to win a Super Bowl, but his status as the team's number one on the depth chart wasn't something he ever had to worry about, and for good reason. Tony Romo was (and still probably is) a good NFL quarterback -- he's just not as good as 2016 Dak Prescott, who's lead the Cowboys to their best start since, well, ever.
It's Dak's team now, and Romo has likely known this for as long as we all have, but that fact seemed to solidify itself over the weekend; Prescott was masterful against the Steelers. Romo realized Sunday was the moment that this team was no longer his, as he could be seen mouthing the words "It's his time now" after Prescott nailed a streaking Dez Bryant with a perfectly placed deep ball touchdown.
Dak performance was so profound that he made a compelling case for league MVP. He's a rookie.
Dak Prescott was 15 of 20 for 255 yards, 2 TDs and a 150.0 QB rating against the blitz in Pittsburgh, via @PFF
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 16, 2016
So, as a gesture to the franchise or Prescott -- or perhaps to signal to them that he'd like them to get to work on a trade -- Romo held an emotional press conference on Tuesday indicating that he has come to grips with his fate in Big D.
It felt like a dry run for his retirement speech, because it had all the trimmings of tearful farewell, but Romo's not done playing football, so it was more of a retirement-from-one-particular-team-speech. In fact, it felt like a political consolation speech, acknowledging who had won the job in an attempt to move on.
“Dak Prescott, and what he’s done, he’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do. If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever."
“To say the first half of this season has been emotional would be a huge understatement. Getting hurt when you feel like you have the best team you’ve had was a soul-crushing moment for me. It’s a dark place. Probably the darkest it’s ever been.”
“If I remember one thing from back then, it’s the people that helped me along when I was young, and if I can be that to Dak, I’ve tried to be, and I will be going forward. I think we all know something magical is happening with our team. I’m not going to allow this situation to negatively affect Dak, or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows I have his back, and he has mine.”
You gotta hand it to Romo here. No matter how much this may seem like he's trying to grab the spotlight during a season where it has wholly ignored him, it can't be easy to acknowledge that a 23-year-old is exponentially better at your job than you've ever been, let alone publicly admit it. That's gotta hurt, but it's necessary to dispel any notion that the team's former captain isn't staging a coup behind the scenes with the help of his friends in the front office.
Instead, he's probably asking for a trade to Denver. Good luck, Tony!
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