Tony Romo nixes golf from offseason activities to help succeed on football field

tony-romoWhen it comes to the most scrutinized players in the NFL, there aren’t many who are put under the microscope more than Tony Romo.

Playing quarterback in the NFL contributes to it, so does doing so for the Dallas Cowboys. It doesn’t help that Romo has been trying to succeed recently with a bad back that required surgery to repair a herniated disk last December.

Golf is a sport Romo has been known to enjoy and participate in, particularly during the offseason. That’s now a thing of the past.

It’s been over a year since the three-time Pro Bowler grabbed the clubs and hit a few down the fairway as a return to health is of utmost importance to Romo.

“Sometimes you put yourself in a tough position when coming off a surgery,” Romo said via The Dallas Morning News. “That’s why we have a pitch count with me throwing and why we do it that way.”

“You’ve got to get yourself healthy then figure out where you’re at and go from there for everything,’’ Romo said. “It’s not just golf. It’s a way you live life.

“I don’t think about it as [giving up] golf. It’s just life. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed on the football field.”

The Cowboys have finished 8-8 each the past three seasons and last made the playoffs in 2009. Obviously, their chances of making a return trip to the postseason in 2014 significantly decrease if Romo isn’t in the lineup, for whatever reason. It goes without saying, the more Romo can do to ensure he’s healthy, under center, and playing well on Sundays bodes well for both he and the Cowboys.

Tony Romo: I have to be a better player

Michael-Irvin-pressure-on-Tony-RomoThe only way Tony Romo will ever change his reputation is by winning a Super Bowl. Romo has been labeled a choker. He has an impressive career passer rating of 95.8, but his career playoff record of 1-3 is all most people care about. In order to improve upon that, Romo said he needs to improve as a player.

“You know I’m not into the looking back kind of thing,” Romo told NFL Media’s Desmond Purnell when asked to sum up his career. “You know when I’m done playing I’ll do that but right now it’s about improving and I’m not done growing as a football player, I have to keep getting better.”

The thing with Romo is he has been pretty good statistically. Most of his problems are between the ears, as he has a tendency to make mistakes in the most crucial situations. He also hasn’t had much help from Jerry Jones, who has failed to assemble winning teams for a number of years now.

“If I don’t get better, it doesn’t help our football team,” Romo added. “We weren’t good enough before and it just means that I have to be a better player to help this team get to where we are trying to go and that’s my ultimate goal each year.”

Romo turned 34 in April. He claims he is close to being 100% recovered from back surgery he had near the end of last season, but injuries of that nature are always a concern. It’s highly unlikely that Romo will still be playing when he’s 40, and if he does it probably won’t be at a high level. He and Jerry are running out of opportunities.

Tony Romo enjoys a fat dip at the Mavericks game

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Tony Romo and BFF Jason Witten were among those in attendance at American Airlines Center Monday for Game 4 of the Dallas Mavericks’ playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.

Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki has been very supportive of Romo during his time as quarterback of America’s team, so it’s almost like Tony returning the favor.

But one thing I learned about Romo that I didn’t previously know is that he likes to dip. Is this an old habit or a new one? I don’t know, but it was impossible to miss that fat lipper in his mouth and that red party cup he was using as his spittoon.

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And what does Jessica Rabbit have to say about what Romo is doing?

Tony Romo and wife Candice have new baby boy – Rivers Romo

Tony Romo Candice Crawford

America’s favorite couple just added another member to the family.

Tony Romo’s wife, Candice, gave birth on Tuesday to the couple’s second child. The Romos named their son Rivers.

Rivers checked in at eight pounds and 12 ounces and is nearly two years younger than older brother Hawkins, who turns two next month.

We have no doubt that Rivers is every bit as cute as his older brother. Does it get more adorable than this photo of Hawkins in his “Daddy” No. 9 Dallas Cowboys jersey? I think not.

I wonder if Philip feels honored that his fellow QB is naming his son after him.

Tony Romo makes it to team meeting after undergoing back surgery

Tony RomoTony Romo underwent back surgery to repair a herniated disk last Friday morning. It would stand to reason that he was still in a significant amount of pain as he watched his Dallas Cowboys lose to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, but that did not stop the 33-year-old from proving his worth as a team leader. On Monday, Romo made his way to Valley Ranch for an end-of-season team meeting.

According to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News, Romo “moved slowly” through the hallway of the team facility.

“That just speaks to what he is, going to find a way to come in, see the guys,” tight end Jason Witten said. “It was obviously an emotional time. I thought it was great of him to come and be here and just share in this time. That was very stand-up of him to be here in the midst of the pain I’m sure he’s in.”

The meeting lasted about 25 minutes, with Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett each addressed the team. Jones was said to be his typical optimistic self, though he did tell the team there were changes coming during the offseason. Romo did not speak to the media after the meeting.

“It’s been a tough eight months for him physically,” Witten added. “But I feel confident in him. I know what he’s made of. I know how he works, I know how he competes, I know how he trains. I’m confident he’ll come back. I know what he’s made of.”

As I’ve said before, there is no defending Romo’s poor play in clutch situations. However, some people take his tendency to choke to mean Romo lacks toughness. That is hardly the truth, as he probably played through a great deal of pain against the Washington Redskins in Week 16 and did everything he could to try to play against the Eagles. Romo is a tough player and a leader in his own right.

Tony Romo’s wife Candice attends Cowboys-Eagles game

Candice Romo Cowboys

While Tony Romo was at home recovering from back surgery, his dedicated wife was at Cowboys Stadium cheering on her husband’s team.

NBC flashed to Candice Romo sitting in a suite taking in the Cowboys-Eagles game on Sunday night. Candice is a regular at Cowboys games, where she enjoys watching her husband play.

Tony underwent back surgery for his herniated disk on Friday after epidural injections were unable to completely alleviate his pain. The Cowboys are hoping he will be ready for the team’s offseason activities in the spring.

We obviously love Candice’s devotion to the Cowboys, but we have to wonder who’s at home taking care of Tony? Hopefully he has someone around making sure he’s able to get along without any issues.

Terrell Owens: Kyle Orton gives Cowboys better chance to win than Tony Romo

Terrell-Owens-cryingKyle Orton will start in place of Tony Romo for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Given Romo’s history of choking and the fact that the game will decide which team advances to the playoffs, some people feel that Orton may actually give Dallas a better chance to win. Terrell Owens is one of those people.

We all remember the infamous “that’s my quarterback” press conference where TO had tears streaming down his face in defense of Romo, but he’s going with the numbers in this situation.

“My thing with Romo is he’s been inconsistent late in ballgames,” Owens said during an appearance on the NFL Network. “Going into a situation like this you don’t have him No. 1. With Tony Romo you kind of already know what to expect. Late in the game it’s a toss-up.

“So if you look at what Kyle Orton has done — he’s done more with less. In this situation, I think the uncertainty with (the Eagles) not playing against Orton, he has an edge.”

Prior to Owens presenting his argument, NFL Network showed a few statistics about Romo’s play in clutch situations versus Orton’s play. Since 2008, Orton has throw a touchdown pass every 13.7 pass attempts in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Romo has thrown a touchdown pass every 28.7 pass attempts in the same situation. Orton has thrown one interception every 40.1 pass attempts in the final five minutes, and Romo has thrown one every 20.1 attempts.

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