Breaking his silence Tuesday, Tony Romo acknowledged his place behind Dak Prescott with the Dallas Cowboys while still expressing a competitive fire.
In his first comments this season, Romo read from a prepared statement and did not take questions ahead of his anticipated return Sunday as a backup to the rookie quarterback. Romo broke a bone in his back during an Aug. 25 preseason game, with Prescott taking over as the starter and excelling in his place.
Romo said Prescott deserved to maintain the starting role after leading the Cowboys to eight consecutive wins.
“He’s earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record and that’s hard to do.”While not addressing his future, Romo emphasized that he’s not thinking about winding down his playing career.
“If you think for a second that I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning,” Romo said. “That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.”
Romo said he would continue to mentor Prescott and that he did not want to get in the way of the Cowboys’ successful season.
“I’m not gonna allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows that I have his back, and I think I know that he has mine. Ultimately it’s about the team – it’s what we’ve preached our entire lives.”