A case for Tony Romo's Hall of Fame enshrinement.
It seems as if every time I converse with a fellow football enthusiast, I seem to get mixed reactions when I tell them Tony Romo should be a lock for the Hall of Fame. Some agree; some scoff at the idea of Romo in the Hall. I am a firm believer in everybody having their own opinion. However, many fans should not only accept the idea of Tony Romo in the Hall of Fame, but they should be prepared for it because it’s happening. First, we must ask ourselves this question. ‘What makes Tony Romo a Hall of Famer?” Well, what makes Tony Romo a Hall of Famer to me is; he was great for over a decade in the National Football Leauge. Honestly, how many players can you name who were great for over a decade; in the last twenty years? Not very many, that’s how many. Do you consider J.J. Watt a Hall of Famer? Of course, you do. How many years has he been great in the NFL? Four, five years, tops? Take away Aaron Rodgers’ one ring. Do you still consider Rodgers a Hall of Famer? Of course, you do! Now, how many years has Aaron Rodgers been great in the NFL? About six great years, right? If you take away Aaron Rodgers’ one Superbowl ring that was gifted to him by of his phenomenal defense, Romo and Rodgers aren’t so different, are they?
Take a look at their numbers. Through 127 starts, Tony Romo has over 34,000 passing yards, 250 touchdowns, just 117 interceptions, a 97.1 rating, and a career 65.4 completion percentage.
Tony Romo has a better career completion percentage than Rodgers and Brady.
Romo - 65.36% (4th all-time)
Rodgers - 65.13% (5th all-time)
Brady - 63.93% (10th all time)
One of my favorite stats of all: the completion percentage stat. These numbers cannot be overlooked, and they won't be. The Hall of Fame committee takes stats like completion percentage and passer rating very seriously. Moreover, if you're going to take a hard look at Tony Romo's passer rating, have a look!
Tony Romo's passer rating is 97.1, which, is fourth all-time, and higher than other Hall of Fame or future Hall of Fame quarterbacks such as:
Steve Young (96.8), Drew Brees (96.7), Peyton Manning (96.5), and so on.
This alone should be enough to lock Romo in for a yellow jacket, but I'll keep going!
I'll list a few of his career accomplishments:
- Most passing attempts through 100 starts
- : 41 (2009 – 2016)
- Highest QB rating in month of December (133.7)
- Highest QB rating in fourth quarter
- Most games in a season with a passer rating of at least 135.0 (6)
Dallas Cowboys team records
- Dallas Cowboys career leader in passing touchdowns and passing yards
- Games with at least 3 touchdown passes: 40; previously held by (20)
- Games with at least 300 yards passing: 46; previously held by (13)
- Career passing yards: 33,626, previously held by Aikman (32,942)
- Lowest career interception percentage: 2.6% (minimum 16 starts; previously held by Aikman with 3.0)
- Touchdown passes: 245 (previously held by Aikman with 165)
- Most fourth quarter comebacks/game-winning drives: 28 (previously held by with 23)
- Consecutive games with a TD pass: 38 (2012–2014); previously held by Romo (20, 2010–11)
- Games with at least 300 yards passing: 9 (2012); previously held by Romo (8 – 2009)
- Passing TDs: 36 (2007); previously held by (29)
- Passing yards: 4,903 (2012); first and only Cowboys' quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)
- Completions: 405 (2012); previously held by Romo with (347–2009)
- Attempts: 611 (2012); previously held by Romo (550–2009)
- First quarterback in franchise history to average over 300 passing yards a game in a season (306.4 – 2012)
- Romo twice threw five touchdown passes in a game (November 23, 2006, and October 6, 2013) a record he shares with Troy Aikman (September 12, 1999).
- On December 21, 2014, Romo completed a team record 90.0% of his passes (18 of 20) in a home game against the Indianapolis Colts.
- Most passing yards in a game, 506 yards against the Denver Broncos on October 6, 2013.
Okay, I got that from Wikipedia, so what? The point is, the guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
This is a chart that shows the Cowboys offense from the years 2000-2017. You can see where he began his career, when he got hurt, and where he retired, can you?
Let's say; if this were in a court of law, I think I just won over the jury. These stats speak for themselves and if you still don't think Romo belongs in the Hall of Fame, then you probably just loved to hate him, which is okay, because "I am a firm believer in everybody having their own opinion. However, many fans should not only accept the idea of Tony Romo in the Hall of Fame, but they should be prepared for it because it’s happening."
(Through 127 starts: this is Romo compared to Tom Brady.)