Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a pretty successful NFL career. While he may not have found too much postseason success with the Dallas Cowboys, he was always one of the top quarterbacks in the entire league. Now, he has proven his excellent football IQ through the work he has done in the broadcast booth on CBS. So, since Romo played really well throughout his career, and is now great on TV, should he be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? His former Cowboys teammate DeMarcus Ware recently sent out a strong message about his credentials.
Tony Romo was a talented quarterback for the Cowboys
Tony Romo signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent and ultimately didn’t throw a single pass in his first three seasons. However, he became a star in 2006. Romo earned Pro Bowl honors that year, as he threw for 2,903 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 10 starts.
He then continued to have some excellent seasons for the Cowboys after that. Romo earned four Pro Bowl selections in his career and threw for 3,700 yards or more in six of eight seasons from 2007 through 2014. He also recorded as many as 4,903 yards in 2012, and as many as 36 touchdown passes in 2007.
In total for his career, Romo threw for 34,183 yards, 248 touchdowns, and 117 interceptions. However, he could not get the Cowboys far in the playoffs. Dallas only made the playoffs four times with Romo from 2006 through 2014. They never made it past the divisional round, either. Romo also only won 10 or more games as the Cowboys’ starter in three seasons in his career.
So, was Tony Romo successful enough to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
DeMarcus Ware discussed Tony Romo’s Hall of Fame credentials
It’s pretty hard to imagine a world where Tony Romo gets into the Hall of Fame at this point. Pro Football Reference gives him a Hall of Fame monitor score of 46.25. The average score for a Hall of Fame quarterback is 104.18, and the lowest score to make the Hall of Fame is former Bills QB Jim Kelly’s 59.10.
However, Cowboys legend DeMarcus Ware thinks Romo should have a solid case if they’re just looking at his stats.
“From his resume, yes. If it’s going off championships, no,” Ware recently said on 105.3 The Fan, according to The Dallas Morning News. “If it’s one of those things where you’re looking at a Hall of Fame quarterback according to how many titles they won, he won’t make it. But, from the way he played and the stats that he put up, all of that? Yes. He’ll make it for sure. Especially with his image now in the media, being a big-time guy on television. So, he is the perfect candidate for it. To also promote the Hall of Fame classes and stuff, so it makes sense. … I don’t know exactly what the criteria is, but going off those two sets of parameters, yes and no.”
Ware brings up an interesting point regarding Romo’s current TV career, as he has almost meant just as much to the game while on television as he did while on the field. Time will tell if the voters end up giving Romo a chance, though.
However, if anyone knows Hall of Fame talent, it should be DeMarcus Ware.
DeMarcus Ware should be a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame
DeMarcus Ware’s Hall of Fame monitor score is 95.33, and every single outside linebacker with a higher score than him is in the Hall of Fame. Multiple Hall of Fame outside linebackers have a lower score than Ware, too. So, once Ware becomes eligible next year, he should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
Ware earned nine Pro Bowl selections and was a first-team All-Pro four times. He also led the NFL in sacks twice, as he recorded as many as 20 in 2008. Ware ended up recording 138.5 total sacks in his career, which is ninth in NFL history. Additionally, after DeMarcus Ware spent nine seasons with the Cowboys from 2005 through 2013, he then went to the Denver Broncos and won a Super Bowl during the 2015 season.
Whether Tony Romo makes the Hall of Fame for the Cowboys or not, it’s pretty much a guarantee that DeMarcus Ware will be in there. Cowboys fans have something to look forward to next year.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference