Why RG III praised Tony Romo last year

IRVING, Texas -- As Tony Romo walked off FedEx Field last December following the Dallas Cowboys' 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III made it a point to seek out his fellow quarterback.

The exchange was caught by NFL Films with Griffin wearing a microphone for the game.

"Hey Tony, I just wanted to say to you, 'Don't listen to what anybody else is saying about you. You're a great quarterback, man. And this game doesn't mean anything,'" Griffin said.

On a conference call Wednesday, Griffin was asked why he felt compelled to say that to Romo after the game.

"First of all, I didn't think they would play that," Griffin said. "It was a part of a mic'd up session. To me, it was just showing respect to where it is due to a guy who has played at a high level for a long time and gets a bad rap in the media sometimes. And that was just me trying, as a player, not necessarily saying it out of context or anything like that, but just letting him know how a lot of players around the league feel about the way he's played his whole career."

Romo on Thursday did not want to get into what Griffin said after the game.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant reiterated his belief that Romo is the most criticized player in the league, especially after a game in which he threw for 506 yards and five touchdown passes. Romo's fourth-quarter interception led to the Denver Broncos' winning field goal, and that garnered most of the attention.

"This has been going on a long time," Bryant said. "Even when I was in college I used to hear things and I still always thought Tony was a great quarterback and still do to this day. He's the leader of our football team and as soon as things go right everybody will be praising him."