For the first time in 14 years, number nine for the Dallas Cowboys, will not be worn by Tony Romo. On Thursday, the Cowboys plan on releasing the quarterback.
The release comes after a season, in which we saw Romo open the season as the starter, only to be injured in the first game. Unfortunately for Romo, his replacement led Dallas to a 13-3 record and a division title.
Romo will leave Dallas as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns thrown. Only Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach have won more games as a starter for the Cowboys.
However, unlike Aikman and Staubach, Romo never won a Super Bowl for the Cowboys. In fact, in his ten years as a starter, Romo only managed to win two playoff games. His career for Dallas was largely looked at as a failure, due to his missed opportunities in the 4th quarter, and coming up short in big games.
For example, the moment most people remember about Romo’s career, is when he botched a snap that could’ve been a potential game winning field goal, in a playoff game against the Seahawks. On another note, in 2009, Romo delivered the Cowboys their first playoff win in 13 years, with a victory over the Eagles.
It was a during a Monday Night game against the New York Giants in 2006, where then starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe was benched for Romo (Bledsoe losing his job to a backup, sounds familiar). After that game, the rest was history, Romo led the Cowboys to playoff births in his first two years as starting quarterback.
With his release, Romo instantly becomes the most sought after player in the NFL free agency this off season. We’re not quite sure what team will land the veteran and possible Hall of Famer, but we do know, that this former Cowboy has had his last ride in Dallas