By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor
In what was one of the most humble and classy statements for such a tough situation, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made it official — the Dak Prescott era has begun. Announcing that he was not going to take questions, Romo spent a little more than five minutes reading from a prepared statement at a press conference held at The Star. Although Romo shared how this has been such a difficult time for him, many will remember more his declaration regarding his successor.
“Dak Prescott has earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo stated simply.
The fact Prescott appeared to be the man for the job right now is something fans have seen for several weeks. Initially, most pundits and Dallas Cowboys officials scoffed at such suggestions. But with the team accomplishing something they have not achieved in nearly four decades, even owner Jerry Jones has recently shown a change in heart with his with recent comments.
Romo spoke of how soul crushing his injury in the first pre-season game was for him. Especially since he believed the Cowboys had assembled their best team in recent years. Then discovering he would be out for up to 10 weeks, versus the initial three or four predicted. According to Romo, it was not only personally disappointing, but he felt the guilt of letting the teammates, organization, and fans down. He discussed how hard it has been because while coaches were sympathetic, they still had to move on and do their job at hand.
Romo acknowledged Prescott’s performance has been unique and magical. Saying he never wants to stand in the way of an upcoming talented player, because he remembers those who invested in him at the beginning of his pro football career.
“I believe Dak knows I am here for him,” Romo shared.
He closed with the fact a man has to deal with the man across from him and the man within — but when you deal with the man inside you don’t have to worry about the man across from you.
Yes, many fans are ecstatic about the official start of the Dak Prescott era as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. However, Romo deserves to respect for not only his on the field performance for the team for nine years but for the way he stepped aside when the Romo era appeared to come to an end.