Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made his opinion on his former quarterback Tony Romo extremely clear this week.
Jones believes that Romo is a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Romo, who retired from the NFL following the 2016 season, is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Romo has Hall of Fame-worthy statistics, though he likely won’t get in due to a lack of postseason success.
“Well, I think there’s no question in my mind that Tony is skilled, at a skilled level, and had accomplishments statistically that were there,” Jones told 103.5 The Fan. “The fact that we did not have a Super Bowl during that time is always going to be in the conversation as to where Tony Romo will rank — not rank, but where he’s acknowledged. You’re talking to a guy that he would be a first-round ballot with me, and I don’t apologize for that.”
Jones added that he takes some of the blame for the lack of a postseason run.
“You’ve heard me say it’s right there maybe my most disappointing thing about the Cowboys for me is not winning a Super Bowl or be in one with Tony Romo,” Jones said. “And we just weren’t able when we didn’t have him, we weren’t able to compensate for that. That had something to do with him not being on a Super Bowl team.”
NFL fans are somewhat split on Jones’ comments. Most believe that Romo will not make the Hall of Fame, though some argue that he’s being underrated.
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“Much better player than Eli, who will make the Hall of Fame,” one fan wrote.
“The problem with the HOF is they let Joe Namath in. If you’re a QB who was at least as good as Namath, don’t you also get to go in? Eli was better than Joe, so how can he not be in the HOF? And I’d say Romo was at least as good as Namath,” another fan argued.
“Never sniffed a NFC Championship game. If your going to put him in, then you better put the man who had to fill Roger’s shoes in Danny White, at least he kept Dallas relevant with 3 straight NFC Championship games and 5-5 in playoffs, Romo 2-7 win or go home, Romo good not great,” one fan added.
Romo likely won’t end up in Canton, Ohio – at least not as a player. He’s off to a great career in broadcasting. Perhaps he’ll end up making the Hall of Fame for multiple reasons.