Critics of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo have questioned his dedication to football and work ethic, for quite some time.
They say that Romo doesn’t give football his all because of his involvement in golf during the off-season. Romo has taken part in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open several times over the past few years. Well, rest easy Romo critics, because he will not be playing golf this off-season.
Romo declined an invitation to play in the Azalea Invitational in Charleston, S.C., the Adams Golf Pro/Scratch, and he won’t attempt to qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Championship or the U.S. Open according to ESPN Dallas.
Looking at it from the outside, this appears to be the right move for the Cowboys’ 33-year-old quarterback. If you recall, when Romo signed his six-year, $108 million contract extension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Romo would be putting in Peyton Manning-type time on the job.
Romo hasn’t publicly acknowledged that this change is connected to his contract extension, but I feel like it’s safe to assume that it may have something to do with it. It may also stem from being called out publicly by All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who said it was time to put up or shut up, after being asked about Romo’s extension.
With the additions of center Travis Frederick, tight end Gavin Escobar, wide receiver Terrance Williams and running back Joseph Randle, the Cowboys will need Romo to spend as much time as he can on the field to help incorporate them into the offense.