While others, namely owner Jerry Jones and the various members of the media can’t say the same, quarterback Tony Romo has not been a distraction since he conceded the starting job to rookie sensation Dak Prescott.
Romo has been true to his word.
He promised as much in his concession speech when he acknowledged that something magical was happening with the Cowboys and that Prescott had earned the starting job.
“We all know something magical is happening to our team,” Romo said. “I'm not going to allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows that I have his back. And I think I know that he has mine. Ultimately, it's about the team. It's what we've preached our entire lives.”
The Cowboys were 8-1 then.
They are 13-2 now and the betting favorites to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
Prescott has led the way as QB1 with magical rookie year of his own, earning a Pro Bowl bid and shattering NFL and club records along way.
Yet, there has been constant chatter about Romo throughout, whether he should be starting in place of Prescott, whether the team would be better with him at the helm and now whether he should play in the final game.
Everybody has had an opinion on the subject.
Everybody, but Romo.
He told everyone how hard it was to sit and watch when he was injured.
It’s even harder to sit and watch when you are healthy.
To his credit, Romo has stayed true to his word. He has stayed silent.
He has not been a distraction.