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Tony Romo as MVP candidate? Jerry Jones hopes his QB “defines” award

The Cowboys have gone 3-0 with Tony Romo as their quarterback but 0-7 without him.
The Cowboys have gone 3-0 with Tony Romo as their quarterback but 0-7 without him. Star-Telegram

Tony Romo should earn consideration for the league’s MVP award if the Cowboys win out, owner Jerry Jones said.

The Cowboys went 0-7 without their starting quarterback. They are 3-0 with him.

“Maybe that goes over in that dream category, but you saw [Sunday] the difference Tony made to his team,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “Now the definition of most valuable player has to do with the impact that you’ve made on your team. If a player comes in, wins the first two, is out seven and you lose all of those, and then for whatever the reason, [he] comes back, and you win big and are a heck of a football team, that’s going a long way toward that definition and probably the most dramatic example of it in the NFL. If it happens….”

Tom Brady and Cam Newton, the quarterbacks of undefeated teams, are the runaway favorites for the award.

Romo and ex-Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray both received two votes last season when the Cowboys went 12-4 and won their division. Aaron Rodgers won the award in 2014 with 31 of the 50 votes.

Quarterbacks have won the award seven of the past eight years.

Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who won the award in 1993, is the only player in franchise history to win league MVP.

Romo now has a 78-48 regular-season record as the team’s starter. He has never lost to the Panthers, with a 4-0 mark.

Romo is playing his second game in five days after returning from a broken collarbone last week. Video by Drew Davison.

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