Dez Bryant wasn’t ready to celebrate going into the Dallas Cowboys record books with quarterback Tony Romo.
Bryant and Romo connected on a well-designed 16-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter against Miami Sunday, which marked their 50th touchdown hookup. That’s the most in franchise history, passing Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.
Maybe more remarkable is that it took Bryant and Romo only 68 games to do it, while Aikman and Irvin had 49 touchdowns in 128 games. But Bryant knows there’s much more to accomplish than just a quarterback-to-receiver touchdown record.
“That is pretty cool, but you know what they got? They got three of them,” Bryant said, referring to the Super Bowl wins for Aikman and Irvin.
“That’s the goal, man. I’m not trying to think too far ahead, but that’s the goal, man. We’ve just got to take it game by game and stay focused the way that we are and hope for the best.”
Still, that doesn’t take away from the feat for Bryant and Romo. Their latest touchdown connection came on a perfectly designed play in which Bryant lined up in the slot, and had little trouble getting open with Dolphins rookie linebacker Neville Hewitt lined up on him with safety Walt Aikens behind.
“I was like, ‘OK, I see this linebacker and I see this safety. Make a move on the linebacker, square the safety, get across the field,’” said Bryant, who had four catches for 45 yards. “I knew if I gave Tony a clear view he was going to put it there. And we got it.”
Romo credited offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for drawing up that play, and also appreciated going in the record books with Bryant.
“I think anytime you’re mentioned with Aikman and Irvin it’s a special deal,” Romo said. “We’re lucky just to be in that breath. Dez is a special player. He was great today on the sideline during the game. Played great. I love that kid.”