Tony Romo will be entering the 2014 NFL season on the mend from another back surgery. Some are starting to question his durability, but if you have watched Romo over the years, there is no way injuries will derail his career.
Romo assured fans of the Dallas Cowboys that he was feeling good and his health isn’t a concern.
When specifically asked about the injury and how it impacts his future (on the “Ben and Skin Show”), Romo said, “There’s no question in my mind, not only am I going to be able to make it through 16 games, I’ll make it through another five years.”
By saying that he will play the next five seasons, that means he plans to finish out his six-year $106 million contract he signed before last season.
When a player makes it into the NFL as an undrafted player, like Romo, they battle incredible obstacles not only to make a team, but sustain success. When these players get hurt they often push through, sometimes against their better judgement, because they don’t want to lose their job.
Romo has proven that he is anything but weak. He has earned the respect and admiration from players around the league for his toughness.
In 2011, while playing against the San Francisco 49ers, Romo suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung on the third play of the game. He finished the half, but had to sit out the third quarter as doctors ran tests on him. He returned in the fourth quarter and proceeded to go 12-15 for 201 yards, which included a 77-yard completion to Jesse Holley that set up a game-winning field goal in overtime.
Romo also led a game-winning drive last season against the Washington Redskins. Tony was hit hard during the final drive of the game. He was limping noticeably, but he finished the drive with a game-winning touchdown to DeMarco Murray on a fourth and goal.
That hit led him to have season-ending back surgery and raise all these questions about his health pushing forward.
Drag Romo’s name through the mud all you want, but he has proven he will put his body on the line for his team.
You should take Romo at his word when he says he’ll play out his contract. History shows us that nothing short of two broken arms will keep him off the field.