Dallas Cowboys

#Romoing is trending, but quest for title is enduring

Tony Romo, left, hopes to lead the Cowboys to their first playoff victory in Green Bay since the Ice Bowl by beating leading MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday.
Tony Romo, left, hopes to lead the Cowboys to their first playoff victory in Green Bay since the Ice Bowl by beating leading MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday. AP photos

Tony Romo didn’t know until Wednesday that his game-winning touchdown celebration had been dubbed “Romoing.”

“I did not,” he said. “That’s interesting.”

While Aaron Rodgers long has had the Discount Double Check, turning it into a lucrative endorsement deal with State Farm, Romo only got his own celebration Sunday.

Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah knocked Romo to the ground on his game-winning touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 remaining in last week’s wild-card game. Romo never saw the catch, but, lying on his stomach with his head buried in the turf, Romo stretched out both arms with fists clinched.

Fans quickly shared the image on social media as “#Romoing.”

“I think I saw, and then the crowd obviously made it official,” Romo said of his celebration, which included his pounding of the turf before he was helped to his feet. “You’re just excited at the moment. More than anything you’re just for a moment, you understand how important the situation is and what you feel like needed to be done at the time, and then for Terrance to make the play and for us to put ourselves in position to where we were. ... It was just a hard-fought, tough football game. It’s a great feeling when you’re able to accomplish what you set out that day, even though it was as difficult as it was.”

Rodgers began his championship-belt celebration when he was on the scout team, biding his time behind Brett Favre. It became a national hit after he led the Packers to 2010 championship with a victory in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

“It started on the practice field, going through the scout-team reps as a way to try and get the defense to practice a little bit harder,” Rodgers said. “We always told our guys, ‘We’re going to try to make as many as plays as possible in practice and, if need be, to celebrate to the level of enjoyment that might get under the skin of the defensive backs to make them try a little harder.’

“For me, playing behind Brett, my whole week was wrapped up in those couple of days of practice where I could get some light reps against Charles Woodson and Al Harris and those guys. We figured if we celebrated a little bit after some of those catches and touchdowns, it might make them practice a little harder, and we all get a little bit better because the work would kind of pick up.”

Rodgers and Romo are the top contenders for the 2014 MVP award, announced Jan. 31 in Phoenix. But the bigger prize is the 2014 championship.

Romo wants what Rodgers has — the biggest victory to celebrate.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

Tale of the tape

Category

Tony Romo

Aaron Rodgers

Jersey number

9

12

Height

6-2

6-2

Weight

230

225

Cleat size

13

14

Hometown

Burlington, Wis.

Chico, Calif.

Favorite

childhood QB

Brett Favre

Joe Montana

College

Eastern Illinois

California

Wonderlic score

37

35

40-yard dash time

5.01

4.71

Draft

Undrafted

No. 24 in 2005

Experience

12

10

Age

34

31

Pro Bowls

4

4

All-Pro

0

2

MVP awards

0

1

Super Bowl rings

0

1 (XLV)

Playoff record

2-3

5-4

WAGS

(wives and

girlfriends)

Candice Crawford,

2008 Miss

Missouri USA

Olivia Munn,

actress (HBO’s

The Newsroom)

Touchdown

celebration

Romoing

Discount

Double Check

Key 2014 stat

League-leading

113.2 rating

25 TD, 0 INT

at home

Career vs.

current opp.

2-2, 279.3 YPG,

8 TD, 5 INT

2-1, 323 YPG,

5 TD, 0 INT

Twitter followers

0

1.29 million

Total contract

6 years, $108 million

5 years, $110 million

Guaranteed money

$55 million

$54 million

Annual average salary

$18 million

$22 million

National endorsements

None

State Farm, Nike

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