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Tony Romo says he’s just like Montana and Aikman, sort of

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Tony Romo is certain he’ll come back from back surgery without complications.

And he’s using historical precedent to support that confidence.

Romo compared his back procedure to ones had by other top quarterbacks on the other side of 30.

I’ll be able to play for a while,” Romo said during an NFL Network interview, via the Dallas Morning News. “There are way too many cases where you see people come back; Troy Aikman had it – they won a Super Bowl the same season. Joe Montana comes back and wins two Super Bowls. They had the same surgery.”

Of course, there’s a slight possibility that they were better quarterbacks than Romo going into the operating room, and that might be the reason for the success rather than the surgery itself.

But as it pertains to the narrow question of coming back from a herniated disc, he has a point.

He’s been limited during OTAs, and is expected to ready for training camp. At which point he’ll begin leading the Cowboys to a Super Bowl.

Obviously.

 

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  1. titansbro says: Jun 13, 2014 7:28 AM

    Romo lol. If Dallas was smart they’d trade him to some idiot team, & there are many, for a slew of draft picks. He’s good enough to put up numbers but this guy has zero testicular fortitude.

  2. clownsfan says: Jun 13, 2014 7:28 AM

    The same back surgery is the only thing those 3 are ever going to gave in common

  3. stewart09 says: Jun 13, 2014 7:32 AM

    The injury is the only thing that romo has in common with those HOFers.

  4. culturecesspool says: Jun 13, 2014 7:32 AM

    Except they were actually good.

  5. jjpt4540 says: Jun 13, 2014 7:37 AM

    Yeah just like them minus the Super Bowls or playoff wins but hey they all played football. Just like myself who is like Bill Gates minus the money but we both use computers.

  6. gorilladunk says: Jun 13, 2014 7:50 AM

    “there’s a possibility that they were better quarterbacks than Romo going into the operating room”…..
    It’s also a possibility that they were surrounded by better players and a better overall TEAM.

  7. rg3enoughsaid says: Jun 13, 2014 7:52 AM

    They won SB’s after back surgery…because they actually had talent. They didnt single handily cost their teams playoff appearances 3yrs in a row

  8. thefiesty1 says: Jun 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    Ha, ha, ha. That’s funny.

  9. Straight Cash Homie says: Jun 13, 2014 8:00 AM

    Romo is just like Aikman and Montana. Except for the fact that they have Super Bowl wins, more than one playoff win, a better winning percentage, better accuracy, didn’t choke in big games, had Hall of Fame careers, I mean really I could keep going and going. Yeah Tony just like them LMAO! The only thing you have in common with them is this back surgery.

  10. gavriloprincip33 says: Jun 13, 2014 8:02 AM

    The only resemblance that he has to Aikman is that they both play for Dallas…

    To Montana – none at all…

  11. umainebearman says: Jun 13, 2014 8:06 AM

    They MAY have been better QBs but they had far superior defenses backing them up too. They had great teams. Romo has a good half of a team.

  12. artvan15 says: Jun 13, 2014 8:06 AM

    Yeah, they play the same position. The other 2 much better.

  13. hankstramjr says: Jun 13, 2014 8:09 AM

    Oh, ok. For a moment there I thought he was going to tell us he was a Super Bowl level quarterback. Whew!

  14. gordfrancis32 says: Jun 13, 2014 8:12 AM

    Cowboys will never win a Super Bowl with Garrett as head coach, let alone Romo being their QB. No character in this team which is a shame because they have such a proud tradition.

  15. officialgame says: Jun 13, 2014 8:17 AM

    I guess nobody mentioned to him that no two back surgery’s are alike. Sometimes I think Tony’s penitence for bad plays at inopportune times has more to do with what’s missing upstairs then anything else.

  16. pete2112 says: Jun 13, 2014 8:22 AM

    I know that he’s not technically comparing himself to Montana and Aikman with regard to talent, but they were definitely better QB’s with better overall teams. Romo is a very good QB, but he’s yet to win a big game in his career and that’s when he was younger and before back surgery. Also the team around him is probably not as good as it was the last time he had his team in the playoffs so I would say he’s being a little overly optimistic about his chances. Of course I wouldn’t expect his to say otherwise but I think that championship window is closing quickly on him.

  17. thegonz13 says: Jun 13, 2014 8:27 AM

    Me think Tony got one too many concussions..

  18. 23rdusernameused says: Jun 13, 2014 8:37 AM

    bwahahahhahahahahahahhahah
    Tony, maybe being a comedian is in the cards after you get tossed in a year or 3 by Skeletor for someone younger and CHEAPER!
    Your skill is NOT worth 100MILLION dollars!! That is a fact, no one can deny!

  19. realitycheckbaby says: Jun 13, 2014 8:46 AM

    Slight possibility?

  20. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 13, 2014 8:55 AM

    “My momma always said, ‘If you don’t have anything bad to say about the Dallas Cowboys, don’t say anything at all.'”

  21. weepingjebus says: Jun 13, 2014 9:08 AM

    That photo deserves a caption contest.

    “Tony…you realize your offense is facing the other way, right?”

  22. steelcurtainn says: Jun 13, 2014 9:13 AM

    LOL….this guys delusional.

  23. flaccoishermanmunster says: Jun 13, 2014 9:20 AM

    white male, drk hair…..basically he is the same

  24. deafcone says: Jun 13, 2014 9:24 AM

    “You’re nothing like me Tony, I thrived in December”

  25. realheroeswearcamo says: Jun 13, 2014 9:27 AM

    “You throw like a girl!!”

  26. hodous says: Jun 13, 2014 9:44 AM

    I didn’t even read this.. The headline made my day, I laughed so hard I woke up the wife! LoL!!!!

  27. nyfootballgiants says: Jun 13, 2014 9:49 AM

    He’s actually correct. Neither Aikman or Montana has won a Super Bowl in the last 10 years either…..

  28. shoeflypie says: Jun 13, 2014 9:51 AM

    “Doc, after this surgery, will I be able win Super Bowls like Montana and Aikman did after theirs?”

    “Sure, I don’t see why not.”

    “Great, because I haven’t been able to before.”

  29. blu4l1fe says: Jun 13, 2014 9:53 AM

    “That’s exactly how you throw a football…… if you want to pass it to the other team, that is!”

  30. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Jun 13, 2014 9:59 AM

    I don’t like the Cowboys but it’s hard to blame Romo for their record when his defense gives up nearly 30 points in every loss. Here is a list of points given up by the Cowboys in losses last year:
    17
    30
    51
    31
    49
    45
    37
    24

    and in 2012
    27
    34
    31
    29
    19
    38
    34
    28

  31. elimanningup says: Jun 13, 2014 10:06 AM

    Eli Manning – 2 rings, 2 SB MVPs

    Tony Romo – 1 playoff win

  32. derek0954 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:07 AM

    Well, Romo is higher on the top QB list of all time than Aikman. I think the guy is amazing and unfairly scrutinized by ESPN. If Aikman can come back from it, Romo can. I remember well when Aikman played. Wasn’t he always ragged on for being injury prone? Maybe some of you people shouldn’t watch so much sportscenter through rose tinted glasses…

  33. wallydippins says: Jun 13, 2014 10:10 AM

    Maybe Romo meant Joe Mantegna.

  34. sidepull says: Jun 13, 2014 10:10 AM

    Uh yea right Tony. Those guys have championships. You keep believing that just Like Lebron thinks hell ever compare to MJ.

  35. cueghost says: Jun 13, 2014 10:34 AM

    If Romo had been the Cowboys QB in the 90’s he’d have 3 Super Bowls. If Aikman had the horse shyt teams that Romo has had, he might not have been a career .500 winning percentage… All the hate for Romo is wack.

  36. barstoolio says: Jun 13, 2014 10:35 AM

    So he has been to Montana and he plays for the same team that Aikman did. Kind of a stretch Tony.

  37. hudgeliberal says: Jun 13, 2014 10:35 AM

    As a 48 year old who has been a Cowboy fan since the early 70s as a tot,I can tell you that anyone who questions Romo’s heart or toughness is simply an idiot. The guy plays hard,plays hurt and is a very good QB! Yeah,he will make some mistakes that are head shakers,however,he will make far more good than bad and has played as well as any QB not named Peyton Manning or Brady over the past 4-6 seasons. We had the worst defense that I have EVER witnessed,YET we still managed to go 8-8 and had a chance to win the division on the last game and if we had Romo I do believe we would have won the game. He can play and anyone who watches and knows the game will tell you that he is one of the top 5 QBs in the league and has been for most of his career. Yes,he needs some playoff wins and a ring to solidify his career but some of the quotes and statements about him are just over the top. I remember John Elway suffering the same comments about big game failures until he got a solid run game. If the Cowboys ride Murray(very good young line)early and play smashmouth,then take shots with Dez,Witten,Williams and Street after softening up the defense,this team could be very,very good. The defense will be better just by the run game keeping them off the field so much and keeping them fresh. Anyway,leave Romo alone and when its all said and done we will see what his career will look like. I think he will get a ring or two before he is finished.

  38. hudgeliberal says: Jun 13, 2014 10:37 AM

    Funny,makes me wonder how many read the article or just the headline! He wasn’t comparing himself talent wise to those guys,only that he was coming of injuries and pointed out that they had big years after serious injuries. Sigh,man talk about haters!

  39. kaycouchman14 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:40 AM

    Who knows? He may come back and win a SB! EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

  40. cfeeley52 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:44 AM

    The Cowboys need to move on already. Romo has been in this league close to a decade yet somehow still looks like a terrified rookie out there. When it comes to crunch time there is nobody I trust less…

  41. gammynomnom says: Jun 13, 2014 10:47 AM

    Tony is Ten times the QB Aikman was. Had Tony had those teams, that running game that defence and O line, Dallas would have won about 5 Super Bowls.

    For all this mythical clutch Troy had, check out his TD /INT ratio in the playoffs. 23-17. Troy also had a losimg record in December games and he never threw for more than 23 TD’s in a season. Enough with the rose colored glasses already.

  42. oxpic says: Jun 13, 2014 11:00 AM

    Did anyone actually read the article? He’s not comparing his skills to Aikman and Montana, he’s comparing the type of back surgery they had.

  43. olcap says: Jun 13, 2014 11:19 AM

    So now the crazies even have Romo himself believing he’s a superstar?

    AND, if it’s the exact same surgery Aikman had, then what was Aikman talking about a few weeks ago, saying that he was “concerned” about Romo’s back?

  44. meximyke says: Jun 13, 2014 11:20 AM

    Doesnt hurt to dream! I guess!!!!

  45. smartstickhotness says: Jun 13, 2014 11:27 AM

    Cowboys will forever wish they would have drafted manziel

    Romo is average at best. 8-8 for life

  46. eagirlsnextfatcoach says: Jun 13, 2014 11:54 AM

    I think his point was that those QBs came back as strong as before the procedure. Meaning, Romo is going to choke so bad this season, you’ll think he never even had surgery!!

  47. averagjoe says: Jun 13, 2014 11:56 AM

    I knew Joe Montana, he was a friend of mine… and Tony, you’re no Joe Montana.

  48. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 13, 2014 12:01 PM

    If that back surgeon can make a super bowl winning QB out of Romo, there will be a huge line of QBs waiting to go next.

  49. terremotinho says: Jun 13, 2014 12:08 PM

    37-36

  50. papajack1259 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:09 PM

    Romo has an “M” & an “O” in his name after that all comparisons stop.

  51. mrgreg40205 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:21 PM

    Romo is still a joke. He’s just a hair better then Josh Freeman, and that’s being conservative. It’s one thing you can always expect from Romo, whether healthy or unhealthy, that’s losing. Jerry Jones is among the dumbest NFL’s owners. Giving that much money to someone who doesn’t deserve it and isn’t good enough to earn it. Another mediocre season for the Cowbums.

  52. tonyc920 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:21 PM

    Can you imagine if the Cowboys didn’t have Romo how crappy this team could be. I actually think they would be picking in the 1st 3 picks of the 2015 draft. And then the flood gates of whining would just blow wide open. Ya know, they do everything a little bigger in Texas. I think you should be whining about how inept your defense is before stoning Romo.

  53. mrgreg40205 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:34 PM

    They’re a really crappy team with or without Romo. Romo just brings a new meaning on how many ways they can lose a game.

  54. rg3andthensome says: Jun 13, 2014 12:46 PM

    This is great….And people tell me I look like Tom Cruise….Sort of….

  55. mityone54 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:58 PM

    What in the HECK is Romo SMOKING?..How in the heck can he compare himself to MONTANA and AIKMAN… YES, they both had back surgery… That is where the similarities end… The COWBOY’s have been to ONE, ONE, ONE and ONLY ONE playoff game since he has been our quarterback … Yes, he does have great stats , but they are cumulated in the first 3 quarters… The 4 quarter is his downfall.. He has to be the biggest choker this side of LINDA LOVELACE… He makes throws he SHOULD NOT EVEN THROW… He thinks he can get the ball to wide receiver with his Winnie arm…. So, look in the MIRROR and REPEAT THIS TO YOURSELF… I TONY ROMO IS NOT AND WILL NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO WHAT THESE TWO HALL OF FAMERS DID IN THEIR CAREERS…. Say it in the morning and before you go to bed…
    GO BOY’S

  56. philobeto says: Jun 13, 2014 1:00 PM

    At what sport?

  57. calicowboysfan86 says: Jun 13, 2014 1:34 PM

    It’s crazy how many so called football fans are so easily influenced by the media. A headline implies something negative and people run with it.

    He’s not saying he’s as great of a QB he’s saying great things can still be accomplished even after that kind of a surgery. People love to hate Romo *smh*.

  58. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 13, 2014 1:39 PM

    People who are saying “but those QBs were good” are missing the point. Romo was just providing some memorable examples of QBs coming back from back surgery and playing at the same level. He’s not saying that a surgery is going to make him win a SB. Sheesh.

  59. gammynomnom says: Jun 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    These same people who are piling on Romo just for saying he could come back from surgery probably believed Adrian Prterson when he said he was gonna run for 2,500 yards/LOL

  60. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 13, 2014 2:01 PM

    Both Montana and Aikman quarterbacked dynastic teams. They “won” Super Bowls due to the quality of talent around them, on both sides of the ball.
    I’m not understanding why Romo takes so much abuse for playing on a team that has one of the worst defenses in the league. Only Manning, Brady, Brees and Rodgers can get away with carry horrible defenses.
    While Romo is no Manning, Brady, Brees or Rodgers, he’s certainly as good or better than Eli, Roethlisberger, Flacco and Wilson.

  61. BringBackTheFlex says: Jun 13, 2014 2:34 PM

    “Of course, there’s a slight possibility that they were better quarterbacks than Romo going into the operating room”

    Actually, there isn’t a possibility at all. Romo has out performed both of them.

  62. seabreezes51 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:46 PM

    8-8. Yep. Ya heard it here first!

  63. BringBackTheFlex says: Jun 13, 2014 5:00 PM

    bobzilla1001: “Only Manning, Brady, Brees and Rodgers can get away with carry horrible defenses.”

    Rodgers had the #5 defense when he won his SB.
    Brees had the #6 running game when he won his SB.
    Two out of three SB wins, Brady had a top 10 defense.

    Only P Manning has won a SB without much help from running game or defense.

  64. kmartin173 says: Jun 13, 2014 5:12 PM

    Go ahead fanboys, keep blaming the defenses for this guy’s ability to win nothing important. Dallas Cowboys have had multiple top-10 overall defenses during Romo’s career. 1 playoff win to show for it.

    Meanwhile Eli Manning won a Super Bowl playing with the 27th ranked defense and Tom Brady almost won a Super Bowl with the 31st ranked defense. Go figure.

  65. gammynomnom says: Jun 13, 2014 6:53 PM

    mityone54 says:
    Jun 13, 2014 12:58 PM
    What in the HECK is Romo SMOKING?..How in the heck can he compare himself to MONTANA and AIKMAN… YES, they both had back surgery… That is where the similarities end… The COWBOY’s have been to ONE, ONE, ONE and ONLY ONE playoff game since he has been our quarterback … Yes, he does have great stats , but they are cumulated in the first 3 quarters…

    The 4 quarter is his downfall..

    He has to be the biggest choker this side of LINDA LOVELACE… He makes throws he SHOULD NOT EVEN THROW… He thinks he can get the ball to wide receiver with his Winnie arm…. So, look in the MIRROR and REPEAT THIS TO YOURSELF… I TONY ROMO IS NOT AND WILL NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO WHAT THESE TWO HALL OF FAMERS DID IN THEIR CAREERS…. Say it in the morning and before you go to bed…
    GO BOY’S

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Pure Koolaid. Romo has one of the highest 4th quarter ratings in the league since he has started.

  66. BringBackTheFlex says: Jun 13, 2014 9:16 PM

    “Eli Manning won a Super Bowl playing with the 27th ranked defense ”

    Yes, he used that tried and true football play known as, “I’ll throw it up like a wounded duck and you catch it with your helmet”, because that’s always a sign of a great QB.

  67. saldivarjrosvaldo says: Jun 13, 2014 9:46 PM

    THIS EXCUSE OF A QUARTERBACK CAN LIVE TILL HE IS 100 OR MORE AND HE WILL NEVER EVER BE A MONTANA OR AIKMAN, HE IS DELUSIONAL, MUST BE SMOKIN’ THOSE DOOBIES AT NIGHT….AS IT IS THERE IS BARLY A TEAM THERE WITH ALL THOSE NUT CASE IDIOTS RUNNING THE TEAM…ROMO, WAKE UP FROM THAT WEIRD DREAM..YOU CAN ALWAYS COACH A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, MAYBE?

  68. ace402 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    Of course, there’s a slight possibility that they were better quarterbacks than Romo going into the operating room. Montana yes, Aikman no. Look at the stats. Aikman and Montana played one teams full of Hall of Famers, Romo has Witten and possibly Bryant down the line. Romo tops Aikman in all passing stats. Football is a team game and you win as a team and you lose as a team. Until the Cowboys have a complete team again everyone will continue to blame Romo for giving up over 50 points in a game and not winning.

  69. scbaby2013 says: Jun 14, 2014 12:19 AM

    Lol your name ain’t aikman or Montana…it’s romo, which = lose lol

  70. gavriloprincip33 says: Jun 14, 2014 8:19 AM

    Ah individual statistics – the last refuge of a true fanboi…

    Call me when those stats translate to a meaningful win; I will be waiting…

  71. Waxxx4321 says: Jun 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    Lmaoooooooooooooo hahah yeah right Romo i think you need to study your clip board more. What a joke! hahahahahaha

  72. gammynomnom says: Jun 14, 2014 4:12 PM

    People act like stats are a horrible way to judge a QB. Great stats mean that player is doing his job. If the other players and groups don’t have great stats, like the Defense for example, it means they are not doing their job.

    A Qbs job is leading his team down the field and scoring Tds, Tony does that. 208 tds in 108 games started for a 2-1 TD/int ratio. Almost 30,000 yards, He doesn’t play D. In a Ravens game, twice Tony led Dallas to a TD which brought Dallas within seven. On Back 2 back plays, after each TD, Dallas D allowed a 90+yard TD run and a 80+yard TD run. This happens constantly.

    Tony has less 4th quarter ints than that media darling they call ICE. quit letting the media think for you. Troy Aikman only threw 24 more TDs in his career than INTs 165/141′ Yea he was HOF material all on his own alright.

  73. bdozer726 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:24 PM

    What a stupid comparison. Romo’s contract is worth Montana’s and Aikmans combined. While his statistics arent quite as lofty as Montana (who played quite a few more years than has Romo), the current dallas cowboys qb has stats that can compete. Do the names Emmit, Rice, Saunders, Norton, Woodson, Hanks, Irvin, Haley, etc mean anything? Dallas had the worst defense in its history last year and Wade Philips was actually dallas’ HC (worst coach in history…ask Houston). If Romo had left in 2007 after the Seattle nightmare (which i still think he ran for a 1st down), hed probably have 4 SB wins by now.

  74. da808dreamer says: Jun 15, 2014 12:25 AM

    What is Romo talking about? He (Romo) is not even close in the same league as Troy Airman or even Joe Montana. Tony Romo just needs to say that now you can use that surgery for an excuse on why you even suck even more.

  75. bdozer726 says: Jun 15, 2014 10:03 AM

    I realize Philips has been gone a few years (still uncertain of garret but willing to give the young guy a chance). The fact romo wasted years with philips is all the more troubling. Do the names joe walsh and jimmy johnson mean anything? Just wondering if Romo would benefit with a top tier coach

  76. dennisg40 says: Jun 15, 2014 4:17 PM

    For those who think Romo is no good well people who hate the NY Giants say Eli Manning is no good but he has won two Super Bowls so stuff yourself right up there where the sun don’t shine.

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