Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo's Statement Surprises Fans

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a compression fracture and was replaced by a rookie player, Dak Prescott. During this time, the team did well, and it was painful for Romo to see. He made an emotional statement to express his feelings. He talks about the "dark place" and finding out "who you really are and what you're really about."

Romo compliments Prescott and says he has earned the right to be the Cowboys' quarterback. The Washington Post explains:

There will be no going back, not after this game. The Dallas Cowboys belong to Prescott, and Romo's future will have to be figured out later. Prescott led the Cowboys to another road victory Sunday, a bewildering, 35-30 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field that gave Dallas an 8-1 record, a chokehold on the NFC East and eight consecutive victories.

Romo watched in a hooded sweatshirt, still inactive. But he will be healthy soon, maybe by next week. Prescott put to rest - for now, if not for good - any questions about who will play quarterback for the best team in the NFC.

Discussion Starters:

  • Romo's statement is unusual. How do you interpret what he's saying? Who is his audience, and what are his objectives?
  • One commentator said it's painful to see your team lose without you, and it's painful to see them win. How do you see that factoring into Romo's statement?
  • How do you feel about Romo after watching the video? How do you think his teammates may have reacted?
  • How would you rate Romo's emotional intelligence?