Like other former Cowboys, quarterback Troy Aikman thinks his old team could be better off with someone other than Tony Romo at quarterback. Aikman also thinks that the team should be considering the possibility of someone other than Romo play quarterback on a regular basis.
Aikman explained in a recent appearance on a Dallas radio station that his own career ended not because of concussions but due to back issues, and that Romo having a second back surgery could create doubt about his own future in football.
“I think it would be a concern of mine if I was with the Cowboys, having back surgery once again and at his age,” Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It could be a factor going forward as far as his performance.”
Romo turns 34 in April. Aikman retired at the age of 34.
“I took epidural shots, as I understand Tony [Romo] had this week, and the first time I took them was before the Jacksonville game that season in 2000, and I remember on the day of the game, waking up, and I’d never felt better for a game in my life,” Aikman said. “My back felt pain free for the first time in years. And in the first quarter, we completely turned Tony Brackens loose and he slammed me on the turf right flat on my back, and immediately, my back went into spasms. I was done for the day. So that good feeling lasted about half of a quarter. And I took shots the following week hoping that I could recapture the pain-free symptoms, and it never took again. So, that is why I retired.”
For now, Aikman believes that the absence of Romo will be good for the offense.