More evidence of Tony Romo’s fall to the Dak Side: His No. 9 jersey can be found at reduced prices at some retailers.
Sidelined first by a back injury and then the emergence of rookie QB Dak Prescott, Romo is now relegated to backup duty.
His stock has dropped accordingly.
At the Lids Locker Room at The Park s Mall in Arlington, Romo’s jerseys are going for half-price.
Federico Puente of Haltom City was tempted by the price on the Romo jersey — on sale for $75 (regularly $150) — but was leaning toward Prescott.
“I was looking for my girlfriend, but I think she would rather have Prescott,” Puente said. “I feel kind of bad because Romo gave up his body for us, but it seems like his time is up.”
Black Friday can be cruel.
At a J.C. Penney in Arlington, a Nike game replica youth jersey, normally $70, was on sale for $52.50.
At an Academy Sports + Outdoors in White Settlement, there was only one Nike Game replica jersey for sale with Romo’s name and number on it. On a wall at the store, there were about 10 of the less expensive, polyester Romo jerseys on sale for $39.99.
Other Cowboys are basking in their still-hard-to-believe 10-1 start.
According to nflshop.com, four of the top 25 selling jerseys in the NFL belong to Cowboys, starting with Ezekiel Elliott at No. 1, Prescott at No. 2, Jason Witten at No. 11 and Dez Bryant at No. 14. Romo is not among the leaders and his jersey is still selling at the regular price ($99.99 for a Nike navy blue game jersey.)
At the White Settlement Academy, Prescott, Elliott and Bryant jerseys were plentiful — all selling for $75, 25 percent off the $100 tag price.
So yes, the Cowboys are still America’s Team.
Romo’s just no longer their captain.
At Dick’s Sporting Goods in Hurst, there were plenty top-notch Romo jerseys selling for $150, with no discounts. But Dick’s also stocked lots of Prescott, Elliott and Bryant jerseys — as well as a large selection of $100 game replica jerseys for 1990s stars Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
A man and woman looked over the $150 Romo jersey Friday morning, and the woman quipped: “Is it on clearance?”
The man retorted: “Give it a few months.”