It wasn’t that long ago, less than 6 months in fact, that NBA Finals MVP, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, was being called a “choke artist.”
He was “soft.” He disappeared when it mattered most.
He would never win “the Big One.”
They were even calling him Dirk “No-RING-zki.”
This June, as the Dallas Mavericks hoisted their first NBA Championship trophy, the long-held criticisms of Dirk were laid to rest once and for all.
During the playoffs this spring, he took his game to an entirely different level, outplaying NBA superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
He willed his team to win when they had no business winning. He carried them on his back, all the way to an NBA Title.
No longer was Dirk “soft”, or a “choker”.
In an instant, he became the biggest Superstar in the League.
Tony Romo knows what it’s like to hear all those same comments.
He’s heard them his entire career.
After his 3 interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, led to the biggest collapse in Cowboy history against the Lions this weekend, he is hearing them all again.
Today, Dirk, who knows what it’s like to be torched by fans and the media, reached out to Romo via Twitter. This is what he had to say:
@swish41 Dear Tony Romo. Don’t worry abt all the critics. I heard that same garbage for a long time. Keep working hard and keep improving.
Who knows if Tony Romo will be able to turn his career around and silence the critics on his way to a Championship, but it certainly is a possibility.
No matter how impossible it may seem at this point in time, with all the name-calling and finger-pointing (albeit deserved), it still remains a possibility.
If you don’t believe it, just ask Dirk. He’s been there.
And despite being told it could never happen, he now he holds the Trophies (including Finals MVP) that proved everyone wrong.