At halftime of a Monday Night Football showdown between the Cowboys and the New York Giants at old Texas Stadium back in November of 2006, then-head coach Bill Parcells made the decision to bench Drew Bledsoe in favor of Tony Romo.
Having watched Romo turn into a franchise quarterback over the six seasons since 2006, Parcells now wishes he would have plugged the Eastern Illinois product into the starting lineup sooner than he did--at least, according to one of Romo’s old teammates.
Texas A&M alum Dat Nguyen played linebacker for the Cowboys from 1999 to 2005, and served as an assistant linebackers and quality control coach for the team from 2007 to 2009. Nguyen joined BaD Radio on Tuesday, and mentioned that his old coach had only recently told him that he wishes he would’ve “pulled the trigger earlier on Romo.”
Being a proud Aggie, it’s no surprise that Nguyen was asked about Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. In his response, Romo’s name came up once again.
“[Manziel] reminds me so much of Tony Romo,” Nguyen said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s unbelievable. He can play golf. He can play basketball. He can do a 360 (degree) dunk. For a guy that’s barely six-foot, and he’s white, not being racial. It’s uncommon. He’s just one of those it guys. He just has it.”
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