Brett Favre praises Tony Romo

Brett Favre believes Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is "underrated" because of how much he has to do.

Romo has been a frequent target of criticism because the Cowboys have just one playoff win since he became the starting quarterback in 2006. But in an interview with NFL Network, Favre praised Romo and embraced similarities between himself and the Cowboys' quarterback, whose playing style often draws comparisons between the two.

The NFL Network has been airing Favre's interview with Deion Sanders in segments, the latest appearing on Tuesday.

"Romo is probably more like me than any of those guys," the former Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets quarterback told Sanders, who has been a critic of Romo. "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 or that 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? 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."

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.

Because Romo grew up in Wisconsin the natural assumption is that his favorite quarterback growing up was Favre. In reality it was John Elway, but Favre was near the top of Romo's list.