Travis Johnson's Shot at Tony Romo Proves Status as Washed-Up Scrub

By Jeric Griffin
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For whatever reason, former Houston Texans defensive lineman Travis Johnson decided to publicly crucify Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on the boring Comcast SportsNet show for which he made an appearance as an “analyst” and we use that term very lightly. It seems that second-hand sports networks will bring on any former player to share his “wisdom” these days because Johnson went on a 60-second rant about how Romo is basically the worst thing to happen to the NFL since Ryan Leaf.

“Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he’s been given in this league,” Johnson told CSN Houston. “He’s a thief. You need to bring him up on federal charges right now.”

Okay, clearly this guy is just saying anything outrageous to get some attention. He’s a washed-up former player who never panned out in the NFL and he’s jealous of Romo, who ended up in the right place at the right time and now has a six-year, $108 million contract extension to show for it.

Now, does Romo deserve that many years and that much money with one playoff win at age 33? Absolutely not. But to say he hasn’t earned a dollar of the money he’s made in the NFL is absurd.

Romo is nowhere near the best quarterback in the NFL because he’s flawed just like everyone else, but if Matthew Stafford can get a lucrative contract, then so can the Cowboys’ signal-caller.

Remember when Peyton Manning was called a choker and everyone said he couldn’t win the big game because it took him six years to win a playoff game? Romo won a playoff game in his third full season as a starter and his completion percentage and passer rating were both higher than Manning’s at that point in his career, yet many (me included) regard the elder player as the best to ever step on a football field.

Does this mean Romo is a quarterback of Manning’s caliber? Heck no. But it does mean that Johnson’s poor attempt at a humorous knock on the Cowboys’ franchise passer is not only immature, but also ignorant.

The man said Matt Schaub is a better quarterback than Romo, so his opinion certainly doesn’t count. That’s not to say Schaub is a bad quarterback but he certainly isn’t better than Romo. If the latter had the offensive line, superstar running back and coaching that the former possesses, he would have at least half a dozen playoff wins by now.

Dallas has a ton of problems, folks, and that’s coming from one of the most sincere, real Cowboys fans you’ll ever see. It’s the other problems that are keeping Dallas from winning, not Romo (ever heard of Jerry Jones?). And the Texans won’t be helped or hurt on the field by Johnson because he’s no longer playing. Stick to blowing smoke about Houston sports, pal.

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