Tony Romo Still Sees Brett Favre as Role Model
Tony Romo grew up like any other kid, with normal parents and normal daily routines. He was the starting quarterback at Burlington High School in Burlington, WI at the start of his junior year of high school. Romo then went on to play football in college at Eastern Illinois. He was an undrafted free agent in the 2003 NFL draft, but not long after, he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys in the same year.
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Although Romo has been clear that his biggest role model as a quarterback is John Elway, Brett Favre was the quarterback that had his heart. Growing up just north of Green Bay, Romo wanted to be just like Favre. In fact, it was to the point that Favre was the player Romo has been most compared to. Romo recently told ESPN’s Todd Archer:
“I still look up to him,” Romo said. “Anybody who grew up in Wisconsin, everyone knows who Brett Favre is and what he’s meant to Green Bay and Wisconsin life. They come around once in a generation. Green Bay’s been lucky enough to go from Brett to Aaron [Rodgers] and that’s just unrealistic in real life to have that happen in professional sports. But Brett getting inducted is one of the most no-brainer things that’s ever taken shape. I’m just glad to see the reunion of that two that has happened.”
Although Romo has a respect for current Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers, Romo is an old-soul of a Packers fan saying:
“Without Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers really aren’t the Green Bay Packers, even though they have a great history and [Vince] Lombardi and everything else that goes into it,” Romo said Wednesday at his football camp. “I was watching football before they had Brett Favre and Green Bay was not someone that you had to worry about on your schedule if you were playing in the NFL. I think he brought them back to prominence and made that organization’s standard of excellence and from there all the pieces started to fall into place. What you see today, that is a byproduct of him, his talent, his ability, his knowledge of the game, his passion, his work ethic and really his willingness to compete.
“Really if there’s one thing you look at that shows up is that he competed at the highest level. When he was on the field you had a chance. There wasn’t a lot of games Brett Favre played in that his football team didn’t have a chance, not necessarily to win it but in the season. When you go back and look at it, I’d probably say there’s a handful of games in his career that were meaningless, which is really an incredible stat. When you think how hard it is to get to the playoffs, maybe one year, maybe two years they had games that were meaningless. The others meant something about the playoff picture. That’s a unique thing for a fan base to have.”
Romo still goes back to his hometown of Burlington, WI every summer and hosts a camp for the kids there. Recently he made a dream come true for a young fan who has looked up to Tony in the same way that Romo does to Favre. Maybe one day, we’ll see that same young man throwing passes while saying he “still looks up to Tony Romo.”
Lauren Lapaglia is a lifelong Cowboys fan, the NFC East Division Manager, and Dallas Cowboys marketer for Pro Football Spot. For more Cowboys content, follow the Cowboys on PFS @spotcowboys