Tony Romo is a lightning rod. We've written about this phenomena in great detail over the years, most recently in October, after the Cowboys quarterback threw for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Broncos but all anyone remembers is the "you knew it was coming because it was the fourth quarter and the game hung in the balance" interception that propelled Denver to the win.
Much of the criticism is unfair but that's the life of an NFL quarterback; win and get too much of the credit or lose and get all the blame.
We're guessing Romo feels better about all this when he sees his bank statement. But he also has the support of the NBA's best player, LeBron James, who recently had some advice for Romo about how to deal with all the armchair critics.
“Just don't care what everybody thinks,” James said, via 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “You work on your craft and at the end of the day, if you went out there and gave it all you had and you laid it on the line for you and your teammates, you can sleep comfortably at night.”
There's more: “Don't watch ESPN,” James continued. "All these so-called everyone knows what to do but they never put on a uniform, trying to tell you what to do. It's not about that. I think Tony's at a point now in his career where he's one of the great quarterbacks we have in our game. It's because of his work ethic.”
James lauds Romo's work ethic, which had everything to do with the former undrafted free agent earning the Cowboys' starting gig back in 2006.
“Nobody woke him up in the morning to go to practice,” James said. “Nobody told him to stay after practice and throw with his receivers. You just go out there and do it. We all make mistakes, at the end of the day. But if you work on your game, you can live with that.”
The problem, of course, is that the Cowboys have exactly one playoff win with Romo at the helm and haven't had a winning season since 2009. That isn't entirely on the quarterback (we'd look to this guy first) but see the rules above about QBs shouldering the blame when the team loses.