Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo hopes he’s busy practicing during the Pro Bowl

Tony Romo made the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2009. He hopes he doesn’t play in his fourth all-star game, though.

“More than anything, you’re just so focused on trying to win a championship right now,” Romo said Wednesday. “It’s obviously an honor anytime your peers and coaches and fans vote for you on something like that. It’s always a very humbling feeling. At the same time, I think we all know what our goals are, and hopefully none of us are playing in that football team, and we’re all playing in Arizona for the championship. I think that’s what our minds are focused on right now. It’s just getting ready for the second part of the season.”

Six Cowboys – all on offense – received Pro Bowl honors Tuesday night. Center Travis Frederick, left tackle Tyron Smith, right guard Zack Martin, running back DeMarco Murray and receiver Dez Bryant also earned Pro Bowl nods.

The all-star game, though, is played the week before the Super Bowl.

“I’m hoping we’ll still be playing and be out in Arizona for another reason,” said Martin, one of only three rookies in the league to receive Pro Bowl honors.

Romo was one of six quarterbacks selected, joining Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. It’s been a long road back from Romo over the past year as he had surgery to repair a herniated disk last Dec. 27.

“I think I feel better this time of year than I did last year at this time, so that’s a positive,” Romo said. “So Merry Christmas.”

Romo leads the league in completion percentage (70.3), average gain (8.49) and passer rating (114.4), becoming a league MVP candidate in the process.

“I was a little frustrated early in the year, because I wasn’t able to move or feel like the way I did, but once I did, it was just great to see the stuff that I thought was holding up,” Romo said. “And it’s just continued to evolve from there. A lot of that comes through experience and playing. It’s a lot of jargon and detail that I won’t get into with you, but I feel like sometimes it’s a competitive thing where I want to keep that. But it’s really helpful.”