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

AP

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.

 

76 responses to “Tony Romo says he’s just like Montana and Aikman, sort of

  1. 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. 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.

  3. “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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

  11. That photo deserves a caption contest.

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

  12. “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.”

  13. 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

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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!!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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*.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. “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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. “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.

  35. 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?

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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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