It is a great job, but itâ€™s one that demands a lot of you
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Sporting News Conversation:
Roger Staubach and Tony Romo Perhaps no quarterback in the league is under more pressure than the Cowboys’ Romo, and that has a lot to do with the Dallas ideal created by Staubach, who led the franchise to two Super Bowl wins in the 1970s and turned it into America’s Team Photo by Jay Drowns / SN
ne would be hardpressed to name an American team-sport athlete with a finer reputation than Roger Staubach’s. A former Heisman Trophy winner and Naval supply officer in Vietnam, Staubach led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories and zero losing seasons in the 1970s, when Dallas became the epicenter of the NFL. Often portrayed—and rightly so—as the ultimate family man, “Roger the Dodger” never scrambled far from his wife and five children. His seemingly idyllic life has brought him 14 grandchildren, a marriage bearing down on 50 years and extraordinary wealth and success in the Dallas marketplace. In all, Staubach set the bar so high that no Cowboys quarterback
could ever really outshine him. Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls in the ’90s—yeah, he did enough to make it in that town. Then there’s 30-year-old Tony Romo, a three-time Pro Bowler whose career very simply will not be remembered well—fair or not—if he fails to deliver at least one championship. To date, Romo is known as much for the starlets he has loved as the big games he has lost. That’s lost, not won—despite his terrific 38-17 record as a starter. “It can be a tough town on a quarterback,” says Staubach, a point Romo affirms with a smile and a shake of his head. The two sat with Sporting News’ Steve Greenberg for an offseason interview at Cowboys headquarters in Irving, Texas. SPORTINGNEWS.COM 08/02/2010
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Tony Romo and Roger Staubach SN: Is there a better job in sports than quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys?
STAUBACH: You can look at it a couple different ways. It is a great job. It’s a great team; it has a great following. But at the same time, a lot is expected of you. It puts a lot of demands on you. I kind of got in at the early stages; I had Don Meredith (to live up to), and we had some good fortune in the ’70s. Then, in the ’90s, Troy Aikman had the ’70s history. Now Tony has what took place in the ’90s. It is a great job, but it’s one that demands a lot of you. That’s probably good, or it can drive you crazy, too. ROMO: I don’t have the longevity to look back on different things that Roger has been able to go through. Up to this point, I’m just lucky, fortunate to be able to do something I’m passionate about and love to try and get better at. To me, that’s just about the funnest thing there is to get to do. SN: Do you guys—both Cowboys,
both quarterbacks, one 68 and the other 30—feel a real connection?
as much as I would like. But it’s really a neat thing when you get to hang out and talk with them because there are only a few people that have experienced some of the things that you’ve gone through and really know what it’s like; they understand the ups and downs. Everything’s not just a fun-filled day, and everything’s not the worst, either. I just found out today that Roger didn’t start until he was going on 30; he was a 27-year-old rookie. He can relate to the success coming at a certain time in your career. Hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to be able to duplicate some of the things that he’s done. You listen when he talks. You listen when Troy talks. Because they know. he o tthings hings t that hatt was asw STAUBACH: One off the fo me when r I came in at 27 was this nice for rot w this histearticle rticle a and ndasaid: aid: s “Roger Roger “ columnist wrote
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Dan Fouts answers PHILIP RIVERS’ 3 questions RIVERS: What was your favorite thing about Charlie Joiner? FOUTS: Reliability. I knew where Charlie was going to be every time he ran a pass route. He never fooled me, never deceived me, never let me down. He was always where I thought he would be—and he always caught the ball. Other than that, I have nothing to say about the guy.
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Staubach (left) sees hints of his game in Romo’s—in his mobility and playmaking skill—but more than anything, it’s the love of competition that they share.
was a good athlete in college, but he can’t play in the pros. He’s been out too long, and he was a running quarterback.” You get the naysayers into your life. You get those juices inside of you, those competitive juices that really determine who you are. I relate to Tony. We don’t hang out—it’s not always good for an old guy to be hanging around—but there are certain things I can bring to Tony as far as some of the feelings I had because it is mental. I think we relate mentally. Tony is one of the best competitors I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of commonalities with us. He makes plays; he makes things happen. He’s not a dropback pocket passer. I’ve kind style of related elat r d to o his etis h tyle s off play. olay. p He’s e’sHa winner, ainner, w and hee makes h akes m the he tplays, lays, p and ndathat’s hat’s t what hat w it’s t’s i was around all about. boa t. … I … as Iuwstill tillsrunning unning r roa nd my y mu last year. (Coach Tom) Landry said, “Hey, you’ve I said, yo ’ve got ot gto u o learn earn t l someday.” omeday.” s aid, I s “Hey, Hey, “ I knew Coach, I’m ’mIretiring.” etiring.” r new I k things hings t I wanted ant Iw d e That to do. o. d hat T makes akes m you o ywho howyou ouyare. re.aYou’ve o uY’ve u got to o be te careful bareful c people eople p don’t on’t d tell ll tyou o ythings hings et u that take aket away way a from rom f who howyou o yare re aand ndu awhat hat w yourr DNA yo NA D is us assi aaquarterback. uart a q rback. e SN: Roger,Nhow would S : you describe
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STAUBACH: I think there’s a connection because we’re Cowboys quarterbacks. I still love sports; I kind of understand what the fan goes through. I’m still a great Cowboys fan. And being a quarterback, there’s something you can recognize that’s special in a quarterback. I saw that finally in Dallas with Troy … (and) I really feel Dallas has that same spark again, that same greatness at quarterback. Tony is in that period when he hits the field, something exciting, something good is going to happen. I look at Tony the same way I look at Peyton Manning—you just know, when he’s on the field, there’s a chance your team is going to win. ROMO: For me it’s tough because as the season goes on and you’re playing this position, people ask for time or commitments and I don’t get to see Roger or Troy nearly
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SN: Over anybody else? STAUBACH: I think there are four or five I wouldn’t go wrong with. Peyton Manning’s great, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo. He’s right there with the best. ROMO: If I’m taking a 68-year-old quarterback, I want Roger. I’ll tell you that right now. STAUBACH: That would be a good move. (Laughs.) For a 68-year-old guy, I would win the flag football championship. ROMO: There are some good flag football stories. Troy tells a story about Roger coming out one time just a couple years ago. One of Troy’s (teammates) was huffing and puffing, like, “Roger’s moving around back there—I can’t get him!” Troy was like, “He’s 65 years old! Are you kidding me?” Roger was dodging and moving. STAUBACH: That was a fun deal at Reunion Arena. Troy had Michael Irvin, and I had Herschel Walker. There were three or four players on each team and then a lot of fans. ROMO: It showed Roger’s competitive side. STAUBACH: I don’t like to talk about it, but we beat Troy. I had the better team. I had better fill-ins than he did. You know, Troy could still play. He’s 43. When I was 43, I could’ve still been playing, too. SN: Is being quarterback of the Cowboys a harder job now than it was in the ’70s?
ROMO: I’d be pretending if I (said I) knew what it was like when Roger played. I do think that the Internet obviously makes it different. Then again, when there was only one game on television, it was such a big deal and the Cowboys became America’s Team; there’d be one game on and it would be a Dallas Cowboys game. In that regard, it was almost bigger. I think athletes were kind of legends while they played a little bit. At least I felt that way when I was growing up. STAUBACH: First we won, and then Tom Landry had this great image, so people liked us. … Like Tony
mentioned, right now there’s the Internet and all the talk shows. There’s a lot more of that today. Things were scrutinized back then; we had certain players who were single and active, but they didn’t get near the exposure. It wasn’t judged like it is with Tony. But he works as hard as any player on the team, and that’s the key. As long as your teammates know you’re working hard. But with the media you have to be careful sometimes because perception can become the reality. All these TV and radio shows, they need content. The Cowboys are popular, so you get exposed. SN: Were your leadership and commitment ever topics of debate, as Tony’s have been? STAUBACH: Craig Morton and I were fighting each other for quarterback; people were picking Craig and picking me. I remember playing the Eagles in Texas Stadium, I was booed. It wasn’t as hunky-dory as people think. I remember getting booed at Texas Stadium. (Tony,) you never get booed. ROMO: If I did I’ve blocked it out, so let’s keep it that way. STAUBACH: I had more bad games than he’s had. ROMO: It’s the (mentality) today. Until you win the Super Bowl, that’s part of the process. I can still remember 2004: Peyton Manning has this incredible season, wins MVP, throws 49 touchdowns and has a perfect game (vs. Denver) in the playoffs. Then he goes to New England and they struggle and they lose that game. All of the sudden, the next day, the headline is: “He can’t win the big game.” He wasn’t good enough. He’d just had the greatest statistical season in the NFL at that time, and then his team lost. It goes to show the scrutiny you’re under until you win a Super Bowl. If you think people are tough on you, well, that’s part of the job. If you can’t take it or you don’t like it, then you should probably go do something else.
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AIKMAN: DOUG MILLS / AP
With three Super Bowl victories to his credit, Aikman is the player every Cowboys quarterback is measured against.
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SN: Tony, is there anything about
your leadership and commitment that merits questioning to begin with?
When he retired, Staubach channeled his competitive spirit into his real estate company. Romo— who has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open—likely will turn to golf.
SN: Roger, do you think Tony has
been treated fairly?
STAUBACH: Fairly? I think people who are fans and understand sports know that he’s a great quarterback. The most important thing is his teammates know that. That’s what it’s all about when you hit that field. (CBS’s) Phyllis George interviewed me one time at my house. She’s in there with me and my wife, Marianne, and three of our kids right there on the couch. We were talking about Joe Namath being in New York having a great time. I said, “What are you trying to say, Phyllis? That I don’t enjoy life or something?” I said, “I enjoy sex just like Joe Namath does. I just do it with one woman.” That dang thing got all over the place, like I was some sort of weirdo. I think Tony and I have different lifestyles, but on the field we’re very similar. This guy wants to win, and he competes, and his teammates love him. They know how good he is. And he makes plays and he never complains. Off the field, he’s a good guy. He’s just single! ROMO: Not anymore. I’m not single anymore. STAUBACH: Well, that’s good. You’re not engaged, are you? ROMO: No. (Laughs.) STAUBACH: But the big thing is, we’re football players. We may happen to have different lifestyles. There’s nothing wrong with his lifestyle. But on the field, your teammates have to believe in you and you have to be a hell of a quarterback. That’s what you get paid for.
‘IF YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE TOUGH ON YOU, WELL, THAT’S PART OF THE JOB.’
SN: One thing that hasn’t changed
is that quarterbacks are made legendary by winning Super Bowls. Roger, you probably think these Cowboys are pretty close?
STAUBACH: Well, knock on wood, I think the Dallas Cowboys football team is in the top group in the NFL, but anything can happen. I watched Tony a few years ago; he had the best season a Cowboys quarterback has probably ever had. He was 13-3 (in 2007), then he had a really great playoff game against the Giants, but a play here, a play there—anything can happen in the playoffs. We really do have a great team here. It’s a matter of it all falling together and injuries and the playoffs. We’re going to be in the thick of it for a number of years. We are going to win the Super Bowl—I just have that feeling, whether it’s this year or next year—and he’s going to be the quarterback.
— TONY ROMO
Cowboys fans won’t forget about Romo’s playoff failure until he wins a Super Bowl.
ROMO (GOLFING): DAVID J. PHILLIP / AP; ROMO: JOHN FROSCHAUER / AP
ROMO: I don’t know. The media can definitely shape you. The thing with me, like Roger said, is that it’s what your teammates t ammat e s and ndeathe he tpeople eople p that hatt see ee syou o ysee ee s u every day. The hardest hard st thing for fo e me would r be if someone is a fake. If someone is going to tell everyone how hard he works and then I see him around here not working hard, that wouldn’t last very long. If the media presents someone as “he whines all the time” or something, but we see he’s not like that, then as teammates and a coaching staff we’re fine with the guy as long as he’s committed to the approach and doing things the right way. Whatever the media wants to present, that’s just part of winning and losing.
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You’re playing against 11 great athletes over there. ROMO:i Andayou’ve nw got to be able to throw R with people around. ... In the NFL right now, you’re going to throw 28, 30 passes, and on 20 of those throws you’re not going to have a real comfort level. Ten throws a game, you can drop back in rhythm and throw a good ball; r the other 15 or 20, you’re going to have your body weight in a weird position, like you may have to stop your weight from moving uforward or a guy is going to be on your left side so you can’t finish a throw. You’re going to have to throw around somebody, over somebody or through somebody.
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SN: How about you, Tony? You’ve probably
never been asked that Super Bowl question.
STAUBACH: And I hate to say it myself because I was always superstitious. I just feel good about this team. I felt good about it last year when things were starting to come around. It was a good team. We had some rough games at the beginning of the year that cost us the homefield advantage. We also saw Miles Austin come into it. Now, I think we’ve got depth. But this is Tony’s team. I’m not going to say any more. ROMO: No, he’s right. If we had done what we needed to do early in the season last year … (but) it’s tough to go into a place like Minnesota in the playoffs. You can’t make many mistakes, and you have to create mistakes from the other team. Hopefully, we can take care of business starting from Day 1 this year and put ourselves into position going in. I know we feel very competitive about our chances.
‘I JUST FEEL GOOD ABOUT THIS TEAM. I FELT GOOD ABOUT IT LAST YEAR WHEN THINGS WERE STARTING TO COME AROUND.’ — ROGER STAUBACH
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RODGERS: What is your favorite moment from your illustrious career? STARR: I’ll have to answer this twofold. There wasn’t just one happening, but two. One was the initial meeting we had with Coach Lombardi, when he came to Green Bay in 1959. He invited about 12 or 14 of our offensive players in to acquaint us with his offensive philosophy and terminology. He opened the meeting by thanking the Green Bay Packers for giving him the opportunity to become their head coach. We thought that immediately told us something about this man’s integrity and character. Then he turned quickly to us, just a few feet away from where we were seated, and said, “Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we won’t catch it because nothing is perfect. But we are going to— ‘and he emphasized the word’—relentlessly chase it because in the process we will catch excellence.” He paused for a moment, walked right up in our faces and said, “I’m not remotely interested in being just good.” Wow! This was the opening of our first meeting. We didn’t even need a chair to sit in, we were so pumped. Obviously, the other great memory is the Ice Bowl and the winning touchdown sneak! Unfortunately, the ground was very hard at that position on the field. As the backs would attempt to start, they were slipping, almost falling down, and could only get back to the line of scrimmage. We ran the same play twice. Neither gained anything. I asked the linemen if they could get their footing for one more wedge play. They said yes. I took a timeout and ran to the sidelines to speak to Coach Lombardi and noted that there was nothing wrong with the play but because the
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RODGERS: What’s the one thing you miss most about playing football? STARR: Camaraderie with my teammates. It was always a great experience. When you win championships, and were privileged to win as many as we were, there is such a strengthbuilding process that goes on during that time. It’s hard to describe, hard to state. You have to experience it to understand it. But it’s something you’ll remember and be grateful for all of your life. — Dennis Dillon, Tom Silverstein
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Tony Romo and Roger Staubach Does that make him the best Cowboys quarterback?
STAUBACH: I vote for him. Three rings. I think with the three of us, though, it would be one hell of a competition if we were all on the same team. You’d have to put us into a time machine. ROMO: I’ve got a feeling I’d be getting them water. SN: For each of you, what is your
very best moment as Cowboys quarterback?
STAUBACH: Well, the most important moment was that when I finally got a chance to (be the starter), we won the game. We beat the Cardinals, 16-13 (in 1971). It was a heck of a game up in St. Louis. If I would’ve lost that game, maybe Landry would’ve put Craig back in there. But what was exciting was when we were in that locker room after we beat Miami (to end the ’71 season, in Super Bowl 6). That was really special. Everybody had a big weight off their shoulders. We’d been on the cover of Sports Illustrated (in 1970) as the team that couldn’t win the big game. So that feeling was the best feeling I’ve had as an athlete. ROMO: I think there are two. The secondbest one for me would’ve been my first start (at Carolina in 2006). Like he said, if you don’t perform in that game—because you’re only afforded so many opportunities when you get that chance. If you’re a first-round pick, you have time. But when you’re in the position I was in, you only have so many snaps to show them that you’re able to do this and do it at a level that can win football games. It was interesting because I went into that game thinking I was going to be very nervous. But I remember going out there before the game, being on the field … (and) it was very calming. It was like: What else am I supposed to do? If I’m good enough, I’ll probably play pretty good today. If I’m not, I’ll know that I’m not a great quarterback in this league. Ever since then, it’s just strictly been about getting better and improving. Actually, that’s probably my highlight, I guess you could say. The first time I ever went out on the field (as the quarterback), though, at halftime against the Giants (one week earlier), is right up there. When Bill Parcells took Drew Bledsoe out and put me in, the rush that I got from that moment— wow. It was like slow motion. It was almost surreal. Everything was just slow as I was running out there. It was really slow when I threw the first interception. It just got slower when I threw the second. (Laughs.) SN: How much is Tony going to
miss the game when he’s 68?
STAUBACH: When I retired (after the 1979 season), I did have some concussion issues,
but I’d actually had a good season and probably could’ve played another year or two. So I missed it then, but I knew I made the right decision. And until my teammates started retiring on their own, I missed it. But once they were gone, then I just got into life. But I miss the competition more than anything. It’ll last a few years when he retires. Hopefully, he’ll play until he’s 40 or 41. He can do it. He stays in great shape. Today, you can do that. SN: Roger, you’ve had so much success outside of football, both as a Naval officer before you played professionally and in the business world. Financially, a star quarterback today doesn’t have to “make it” after football, but what do you think he has to do or ought to do?
STAUBACH: It is different because they didn’t pay quarterbacks what they do today, but we had three kids when I was in the Navy and ended up having two more. I was worried about if I got hurt or something, so I worked in the offseasons with a real estate firm, which really gave me my start. Then I decided I wanted to do that as a profession, and I started my own company (more than 30) years ago. What Tony will miss is, you still want to be competitive. The good thing about the real estate company, I was worried about it all the time. We’d win some. When
somebody would say, “Hey, they didn’t hire us,” I’d get so ticked off. I had these competitive juices in a different way. I think you have to do that some way. I mean, he can be a great golfer after he retires. You’ve got to have something that keeps you busy and competitive. ROMO: He hit it on the head. That’s our biggest similarity: the competitive side. I wake up each day and I’m going to find a way to have a competition that day at some point, whether it’s golf, pingpong, basketball, soccer, video games—something. I don’t care what sport it is or what it involves, it’s just enjoyable to try and go out there and win and then to try and figure out how not to make the same mistake again. Improving and getting better and winning. I’m lucky to be able to play football every day.
Perhaps the most glaring difference between Staubach and Romo is in their off-the-field personas: Staubach (with his wife, Marianne) was labeled a boring family man; Romo, because of his relationships with stars like Jessica Simpson, is known as the partying bachelor.
There might not be a better job than Cowboys QB but, because of the team’s rich history, there isn’t a tougher one, either.
SIMPSON: LM OTERO / AP; ROGER AND MARIANNE STAUBACH: CHRIS CARSON / SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: LANDRY: AP
SN: Troy Aikman has three rings.
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Romo enjoyed his first playoff win last winter, but ending the season with a victory is his ultimate goal.
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ROMO: DONNA MCWILLIAM / AP; TEBOW: DAVID ZALUBOWSKI / AP
TEBOW: What helped you the most as you made the transition from college and got acclimated to the NFL? ELWAY: My dad was the one that always helped me keep my perspective throughout my career. In the beginning, it’s easy to get frustrated because success doesn’t come as quickly or easily as it did in college. My dad was the one who could pick me up or give me advice to get me back on track.
TEBOW: What’s your favorite memory of playing in Denver? ELWAY: I was fortunate enough to play my entire career in one city. Not many players can say that. Bringing the city of Denver its first Super Bowl has to be the
greatest memory. Coming home tto thato parade was as w probably robabl p he yt greatest reatest g eeling f the feeling anyone could imagine.
TEBOW: Is there any advice you would give me as I get ready for my first fi st year? r ELWAY: As for the football footbal l advice, you ou y know now k most ost m off it. ot. i You need tto study o hard, don’t force bal s, trust l your c ach and o balls, coach teammates tto al ow o lyou tto succeed. o allow You’re already lready a ay w ahead head a off where o here w I was Ias w way when I entered the lleague ague e in terms of dealing with ith w the het media. edia. m You ou Y understand nderstand u the pressure and expectations that c me o come with lleading ading e a ttop pc ol gel program. o e Now college that you’re ou’re y getting etting g aid, p the het expectations xpectations e paid, are much greater. Peopl e not as People are forgiving nor as patient. But you can’t al owl allow (them) tto affect o how you play the game. — Steve teve S Greenberg, reenberg, G Lee eL Rasizer asizer R e
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