Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was shown on the sideline during Sunday’s win against the Steelers saying “It’s his time” after Dak Prescott completed a perfect TD pass to Dez Bryant.
And on Tuesday, he came out and admitted it publicly during a news conference.
Romo, who was clearly holding back tears, did not take questions from reporters, but delivered a heartfelt message that talked about how he felt about Prescott starting, and why it’s now his time to lead the team.
“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 ever had was a soul-crushing moment for me. Then to learn it’s not 3 or 4 weeks, but 10, is another blow. And through it all you have a tremendous amount of guilt for having let for fans, teammates and organization down. After all, they’re depending on you to bring them a championship. That’s what quarterbacks are supposed to do; that’s how we’re judged. I loved that. I still do.
“But then here you are, sidelined, without an ability to help your teammates on the field. That’s when you’re forced to come face to face with what’s happening. Seasons are fleeting. Games become more precious. Chances for success diminish. Your potential successor has arrived. You’ve been injured two years in a row and are now in your mid-30s. The press is whispering. Everyone has doubts. You spent your career working to get here. Now we have to start all over.
Romo may, indeed, start over. There are certainly teams that would be interested in his services in the offseason, but maybe John Elway and the Denver Broncos will inquire about making a move for Romo in the coming days/weeks.
After some more choice words, he then commented on the current state of the Cowboys, and how well they’re playing.
“I think we all know something magical is happening to 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 that I have his back, and I think I know that he has mine. Ultimately, it’s about the team. It’s what we’ve preached our entire lives.
If interested, you can watch the entire speech here.
Romo deserves a chance to start for another team, and some time between now and the start of next season, he’ll probably get it. It’s Prescott’s team now.