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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is as eccentric as he is loyal to his players. Which is plenty.
One of Jones’ favorite legacy players in Big D is retired quarterback Tony Romo: a player whose career production was consistent and on the cusp of joining tier 1 QBs, but short of accolades on the level of Canton nominees.
Romo is eligible to join the shrine in 2022, and Jerry Jones was asked about a potential Romo bid for the Hall of Fame on 103.5 The Fan.
“Well, I think there’s no question in my mind that Tony is skilled, at a skilled level, and had accomplishments statistically that were there,” said Jones. “The fact that we did not have a Super Bowl during that time is always going to be in the conversation as to where Tony Romo will rank — not rank, but where he’s acknowledged. You’re talking to a guy that he would be a first-round ballot with me, and I don’t apologize for that.”
What are your thoughts on Tony Romo's Hall of Fame Credentials?— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 27, 2021
Jerry Jones joins the 105.3 The FAN to share his thoughts on Tony Romo's Hall of Fame credentials, training camp coming to a close & Dak Prescott's availability Week 1.
The glaring omission on Romo’s resume is that he never played in — let alone won — a Super Bowl. Jones tried to explain why his beloved quarterback never really brought home the bacon: he just didn’t have the necessary weapons around him.
“Maybe my most disappointing thing about the Cowboys for me is not winning a Super Bowl or be in one with Tony Romo. And we just weren’t able when we didn’t have him, we weren’t able to compensate for that. That had something to do with him not being on a Super Bowl team.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame houses only 17 players who initially went undrafted prior to their illustrious careers. Romo’s invite to Canton would put him on that exclusive list as well — but it’s also exclusive for a reason. Erin Walsh at Yard Barker says that Romo simply doesn’t have the necessary wins and trophies to make him true HOF material.
Without a Super Bowl appearance, league MVP or considerable individual honors, Romo is likely to miss out on the Hall of Fame — though a spot on the Cowboys Ring of Honor seems guaranteed.
If he were voted in, Romo would be the latest undrafted addition to Canton since Kurt Warner — a 2x NFL MVP, Super Bowl XXXIV MVP and 2x First-Team Pro Bowler. Both QBs have 4 Pro Bowls nods.
Like a salted McMuffin, Jerry Jones’ bid for Romo remains strong and without much substance.
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