These 39 words tell you all you need to know about Tony Romo:

"If you think for a second that I don't want to be out there, then you've probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn't left me. In fact, it may burn more now than ever."

Romo made those remarks on Tuesday in what amounted to a concession speech that recognized rookie Dak Prescott as the Cowboys' starting quarterback.

And while the now-backup has been widely applauded for his words, he was certainly hoping for a different outcome. In fact, according to's Albert Breer, Romo approached team officials last week about the possibility of competing with Prescott in practice for the No. 1 job. Breer broached the topic with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones.

"Tony's smart," Jones told Breer Wednesday. "He's very bright. And so when he came out and said it, in the end, I don't think it took him long to figure that wouldn't be a great thing for the team. We've got a good thing, and no one wants Dak looking over his shoulder."

Plus, the idea of sharing snaps in mid-November is a tough sell for a team that has had so much success over the first two months of the season.

"I think [Romo] understands that," Jones said. "As a competitor, does he want it? Yes. He wouldn't be in the NFL if he didn't have that burning in his belly. He's dying to get out there. And we talked all offseason, he's never been this fired up about a team, he couldn't wait. And now to see it work like he thought it would, and the team doing something special, and to want back in, that's not selfish. It's just hard. He's tremendously unselfish, because he understands it."

Both Stephen and Jerry Jones are extremely close to Romo, who has been in Dallas longer than Troy Aikman was. And the decision to turn officially turn the offense over to Prescott wasn't an easy one -- but it was the right one.

"We've got supreme confidence that Dak is our future," Jones continued. "We've just seen too much. And you may say, 'Well, it's only been nine games.' No, it's the full body of work. And it's not just on the field, it's off the field too. It's how he handles every situation-bringing us back down two scores in San Francisco; last week, he leads the game-winning drive twice in Pittsburgh; coming back against Philly.

"He keeps checking every box."

And as difficult as it is to accept, even Romo understands this.