IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo acknowledges he has an addiction, but he doesn’t consider it a problem.
Romo craves competition.
Golf is just Romo’s most high-profile athletic hobby. He tried to qualify for the U.S. Open because he thrives on the challenge, not the attention.
The same goes for his participation in high-level amateur indoor soccer and basketball leagues. He boasts that his soccer team is “loaded” and has advanced to the league semifinals. He stars on a basketball team (also featuring a 6-foot-5, 260-pound banger named Jason Witten) that has won its Prestonwood Baptist Church league six of the past seven years, beating a team that brought in recently retired NBA player Greg Buckner as a ringer in the finals this year.
Pingpong, pool, whatever … Romo’s up for the challenge.
“I just love competition,” Romo said after Tuesday’s organized team activity workout. “I can’t get enough of it, and my days are pretty much scripted around it consistently. For me, that’s enjoyable. Going on vacations is not enjoyable, because I don’t get the competitive side day to day.”
(Plus, there’s the paparazzi factor. But back to the subject.)
“It really is something that I just enjoy,” Romo continued. “I don’t care what it is. I just want to compete and do those things. I get a great sense of satisfaction out of going out and winning. It’s allowed me to continue to improve, I think, just because I enjoy that aspect.”
It’s ridiculous to think that Romo’s golfing hurts his football game. As Wade Phillips frequently notes, Romo has never missed any team activity at Valley Ranch. Not one voluntary workout, weightlifting session or teaching session. And Romo spends countless hours at the practice facility on his own, watching film, searching for any minute thing that might help the three-time Pro Bowler improve.
When Romo isn’t at work, he often finds ways to fuel his competitive joneses. There are a heck of a lot worse habits a franchise quarterback could have.