Tony Romo’s partying-in-Cabo-with-Jessica-Simpson-right-before-the-playoffs days seem to be behind him, but he’s still a hard man for Cowboys fans to love. Whether it’s a last-minute botched snap against the Seahawks, seemingly brain-dead end-of-game clock management, or any other number of meltdowns, he has an excellent way of counter-weighting his Pro Bowl ability with a fat sack of ugh.
Some Cowboys fans cling to the belief that Romo just needs another week, that he will soon emerge as the Aaron Rodgers- or Drew Brees-caliber passer they so desperately want him to be. Football fans elsewhere aren’t so forgiving. How else to explain Romo’s dismal showing in an annual Forbes survey, conducted by Nielsen/E-Poll, of the NFL’s most and least popular players?
Romo came in sixth from the bottom, with just 26 percent of respondents saying they like or really like him, ahead of such teddy bears as Ndamukong Suh, Michael Vick, and Randy Moss, but behind his would-be brethren in the quarterback elite like Brees, Rodgers, and the Manning brothers.
Hopefully Romo can learn from the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu, the league’s most beloved player. First thing is to do something about the hair, since long, flowing manes are apparently in in the NFL.
A Super Bowl win would be nice. Bring home a ring, and Cowboys fans will quickly catch a bad case of Romonesia.