Tony Romo Attempts to Change Referee's Spot for First Down

By Connor Muldowney
Tony Romo
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Tony Romo is widely considered one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys‘ quarterback has to be one of those guys that you would love to have on your team for most of the regular season, but when it gets to clutch time, he crumbles under pressure. On Sunday afternoon, it took a little bit of a cheating move for the quarterback to give the Cowboys an edge.

Sure, it might have been a joke — actually it definitely was a joke — but I’m sure there were some Minnesota Vikings fans that were furious at the fact the quarterback nudged the ball forward, putting the spot of the ball in question. It was obviously a few inches short, but Romo knew the easiest way to pick up the first down — use playground rules and move it forward when no one is looking.

It looks like no one was paying attention, but luckily for the Vikings, Jared Allen and two of the referees took notice of the sly move. It’s rare to see such a playful act happen in the NFL and I’m sure Romo got a good laugh out of it. It’s not like the Cowboys offense couldn’t gain a couple inches on the lowly Minnesota defense.

Romo is just trying to lighten the mood on the field, but the 1-7 Vikings probably were just fed up with football at this point. The Cowboys ended up winning the game in the final minute.

Maybe the Vikings should have stopped Romo when he wasn’t playfully cheating.

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