IRVING, Texas -- Because Tony Romo grew up in Wisconsin the natural assumption that his favorite quarterback growing up was Brett Favre. In reality it was John Elway. But Favre, the former Green Bay Packer, was near the top of Romo’s list.
It seems Favre has taken a liking to Romo, too. In an interview with NFL Network, Favre went so far as to call Romo “underrated,” because of how much he's expected to do.
“Romo is probably more like me than any of those guys,” Favre told Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who has been a Romo critic. “Way too much is cast upon him -- good, bad. It’s Dallas and much is expected. He’s carried those guys.
"But I’m watching last year -- and I like Tony, I like the way he plays, at times he’s underrated -- but I’m watching and right before the snap, he’s telling guys (to get into position and they don’t know what they’re doing.) How in the world are you going to have a positive play when the ball is coming and you’re telling a guy (to get into position)? And then he’ll make something out of nothing. That’s part of being a great quarterback is sometimes it’s not going to go. As a coach, they would love to sit there and say, ‘It’s going to be five steps, you’re going to hitch up into a perfect pocket, you’re going to look at No. 1 -- no, you’re going to go to No. 2 -- no...’ It doesn’t work that way.”
Romo has carried the same “gunslinger” tag Favre had throughout much of his career, a mark that comes just as much for the plays made as the ones forced. In his last two full seasons (2009, ’11), Romo has 57 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions.