QBs are often at the forefront of most hot button debates. There are so many variables that contribute to a QBs true value from passing yards, TDs, and interceptions to wins, 4th quarter comebacks, and QBR. This leads us to spend hours debating which QB was truly more vital to his team’s success. Perhaps one of the most polarizing figures amongst those debates is a man who played for “Americas Team”, the Dallas Cowboys. When people think great Cowboys QBs the first names that come to mind are often Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. Both men are HOF QBs, although one may be a bit overrated (Aikman). The name that is usually omitted from this debate, may just be the best QB to ever wear the star upon his helmet. This leads us to today’s million-dollar question was Tony Romo truly an elite player and will he eventually end up as a Hall of Fame player?
Let us investigate this claim…
- His 32,924 passing yards are more career passing yards than HOF QBs Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Namath.
- His career passer rating of 97.1 is currently 5th all-time behind only Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Wilson, but ahead of Montana, Elway, Aikman, Manning, Young, and Marino.
- His 248 TD passes are more than Young, Mcnabb, Warner, and Bradshaw, and significantly more than Troy Aikman.
- His 7.9 yards per pass attempt is tied with Kurt Warner for the second highest in the Superbowl era, behind only Steve Young.
- Romo has 1,241 more passing yards than Cowboys Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and nearly 12,000 more yards than Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.
- His 5.7 TD % is third among modern QBs behind only Rodgers and Wilson.
- The Cowboys won 61.0 percent of his regular season starts which is a higher winning percentage than Troy Aikman, Eli Manning, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, and Warren Moon.
- During the playoffs, Romo completed 61.6% of his passes. He threw 8 TDs to only 2 ints and had a QBR of 93.
- Romo finished with 25 fourth-quarter comebacks and 30 game-winning drives over the course of his 14-year career.
- From 2006 to 2013, he held the highest passer rating in professional football during the fourth quarter.
- Tony completed more passes during his career than Steve Young and Kurt Warner.
What does this all mean?
After looking closely at the player in questions resume, and digging deeper into his statistics, Romo not only grades out as the best QB to ever wear a Dallas uniform but one of the better QBs of his generation. He boasts a resume that certainly contains enough accolades to merit induction into Canton one day.
It is a shame that more people still associate the man with a botched FG hold than they do with the truly elite talent he was at his position. There’s no doubt in my mind Tony Romo will be giving an induction speech soon enough, and just like his broadcasting, I expect it to be nothing short of spectacular.
Now, all we need is a certain someone to show up and cry out “that’s my QB” for it to become truly epic.
Final Verdict : Maybe not first ballot but a sure fire HOF QB
Nick Nazzario (The statistically superior Mr. Roto)