Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo got a chance to play golf with the great Michael Jordan recently at the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament at which Romo finished second, falling short of the victory despite a late surge.
But more importantly for Dallas fans, Romo may have gleaned some knowledge from the NBA Legend, deriving from His Airness’ approach to the game of golf.
“He has a great mind for both games,” Romo said, per the Dallas Morning News. “When you watch him play golf, he understands how to win. He obviously doesn’t possess the same abilities that he had in basketball, but he’s smart. He doesn’t do anything but be himself and he doesn’t think about the other person.”
Romo said that as for himself, he can see strong parallels between golf and football, particularly with respect to the mental toughness that it takes to succeed in either.
“I try to tell people that when you’re playing golf, it’s a great tool for your brain. … In football, I throw an interception or two and I’m the reason we’re losing and we’re trailing by four with two minutes to go and you’re just emotionally feeling terrible, you’ve got to be able to suck it up, come right back out and take your team down the field and win the game,” Romo said. “In golf, you make two bogies on 15 and 16 and you just had the lead and now you’re down two or one and you have to come back and make a birdie, you have to mentally come back and overcome that.”
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