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Ex-TCU quarterback says his former team needs one more rose

Former TCU and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton says his torn thumb has healed and he can start throwing again.
Former TCU and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton says his torn thumb has healed and he can start throwing again. AP

Andy Dalton says the thumb is good, that the X-rays are clean and that his doctor gave him the go-ahead to resume throwing this week.

Dalton suffered a torn right thumb in a loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 13. It effectively ended the best season of his career. He said even had the Bengals defeated the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card game he would likely not have been OK to play, but he would have tried regardless in the AFC Divisional round.

The only real bad news from the former TCU and current starting quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals is that he is moving from Fort Worth to Dallas.

“This does not mean we don’t love Fort Worth,” Dalton assured me over the weekend in a phone interview.

Does the fact he is moving from Fort Worth to the suburb of West Atlanta make him a traitor? Possibly. But ... his wife’s family lives closer to Dallas, and with a baby it’s just easier.

We are at that point of the year when Dalton will soon be hosting his annual fund raiser and auction at Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3; click here for tickets. Tickets are $150 each and this a fun night for a great cause that benefits the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation.

There is no greater fan of TCU than Dalton so I asked him what he thought this program needs to do to break through and qualify for one of the four college football playoff spots.

“I think they need a year like the Rose Bowl year,” Dalton said. “That was the year that changed the perception of us. It just changed a ton after the Rose Bowl.”

In 2010, with Dalton at quarterback, TCU went 13-0 and defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs finished No. 2 in the final rankings, one spot behind undefeated Auburn.

Not long thereafter the school was invited to join the Big 12 conference.

In four years of Big 12 play, the team is 34-17. In the last two years, TCU is 23-3 with wins in the Peach Bowl and Alamo Bowl.

The only thing missing is an invitation to the College Football Playoff.

“I think they are going to have to go undefeated to get that recognition every year,” Dalton said. “If they go undefeated, they will get to the playoffs. If they lose just one game it’s going to be tough for them to get in because the bigger schools have that perception. They need one more undefeated season to really solidify them.”

He’s right.

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