RSJ Update II: Maybe Tony Romo will recover from this. Maybe he’ll ignore the spotlight, cut all of the BS out of his life (see: Carrie Underwood) and focus on simply being the best QB he can be. Everything happens in life for good reason. I do not know Romo’s faith but I pray that he knows the fumbled snap that ended the Cowboys’ season, as much as it hurts tonight and for some time, will someday seem like a blessing. He is not a Pro Bowl QB, and does not deserve to go to Hawaii. He is not a superstar, either. Maybe now he’ll have a chance to be both.
RoySJ Update: Romo recovered from a horrendous performance last Sunday to lead the Cowboys to a vital 38-28 victory over Michael Vick and the Falcons Saturday night in ATL. EL HOMBRE in Dallas completed 22 of 29 attempts for 278 yards. He threw for two TDs with only one INT.
Tony Romo is about to be annointed the new HWBIA – Hottest White Boy in America. Among jocks, Tom Brady once rocked it like that. Andy Roddick, too. Romo threw five TD passes in the Dallas Cowboys’ 38-10 stomping of Tampa Bay on Turkey Day, and had folks mentioning him in the same breath as the ‘Boy legend Troy Aikman, who, coicidentially, called the game for Fox. Yet after the game, Aikman’s broadcast compadre, Joe Buck, couldn’t wait to ask Romo about something very non-fotball related: Rumors he’s dating Jessica Simpson.
Now, that’s real-deal HWBIA stuff.
There’s a glitch, though. Romo’s Latino. Mexican American to be on point.
Ramiro and Phyllis Romo, his paternal grandparents, are Mexican. Born there. They raised Tony’s father, Ramiro, in Burlington, Wisc., where he still lives with Tony’s mom, Joan. That makes hearthrob Tony Romo a second-generation Mexican American.
I’ve never met Romo, but from what I’ve been able to read about him, he and his father do not shy away from their heritage. (Although Romo’s My Space page says he’s “White/Caucasian”).
Neither Aikman nor Buck mentioned it at all during the Thanksgiving Day telecast, and I’ve not heard it mentioned during any previous Cowboy telecasts.
That’s too bad because it would add special sauce to Romo’s hot run. He’s the ‘Boys ninth starting QB since Aikman retired in 2000, and he’s shaping up as the story of the year in the NFL. The ‘Boys were 3-3 when head coach Bill Parcells yanked starter Drew Bledsoe and inserted the little-known 26-year-old behind the center against the New York Giants in Dallas. The Giants feasted on the fresh QB. But since then, Dallas is 4-1 and sitting comfortably atop the NFC East – two games ahead of the NYG heading into this Sunday’s showdown at The Meadowlands.
The ‘Boys are balanced, with decent talent on both sides of the ball. And Romo, with quick feet and a quirky sling-shot delivery, seems to be the spark needed to pull it all together.
If it plays out well, Romo, 26, might become the most celebrated Latino NFL Baller ever, surpassing Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz and other Latino players, including Philadelphia QB Jeff Garcia and Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Not to be overlooked amid the current euphoria/hype is the fact that Romo’s journey and success are testament to the ‘Boys’ patience – something that simply no longer exists for young QBs. He didn’t throw a single pass during his first three NFL seasons. He played in only six games in 2004, 16 games last season, mostly in conservative mop-up situations. Instead he studied and learned – as much what not to do as how to play the position. He watched Vinny Testeverde, Drew Henson, Bledsoe and others fumble, stumble and bumble their way through, hugging his clipboard throughout.
Today, young guns like Vince Young, Matt Leinart and (soon-to-be-starter in Denver) Jay Cutler are thrown onto the field before the ink on their rookie contracts is dry. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
Of course, Romo was so un-hyped he wasn’t even on ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr’s, laptop. He threw for a gazillion yards at Eastern Illinois, and was the offensive player of the year in Division I-AA. Ten QBs were selected in the 2003 draft; Romo wasn’t among them.
Eastern Illinois alum Sean Payton – then a Cowboys assistant and currently head coach of the New Orleans Saints – tipped the ‘Boys on Romo, and he was signed as a free agent.
Prominent Mexican Ballers in NFL history:
- Anthony Muñoz – The Cincinnati Bengals’ great offensive lineman was the first player of Mexican descent elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Tom Flores – The first person ever to earn a Super Bowl ring as a player (Chiefs, Super Bowl IV), assistant coach (Raiders, Super Bowl XI) and head coach (Raiders, XV).
- Joe Kapp – Quarterbacked the Minnesota Vikings to a berth in Super Bowl IV.
- Jim Plunkett – Earned Most Valuable Player honors in Super Bowl XV, leading the Raiders to a championship.
- Tony Casillas – Defensive tackle helped the Dallas Cowboys win consecutive championships in Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII.
- Max Montoya – Four-time Pro Bowl guard played in two Super Bowls with the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Raul Allegre – Enjoyed a nine-year career as a kicker, leading the 1986 Giants in scoring and helping the club to a victory in Super Bowl XXI.
- Donnie Edwards – A respected 11-year veteran Inside Linebacker with the San Diego Chargers.
If anyone knows of any Mexican Ballers in other sports, holla.