In his 17 years in Dallas, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has become a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and, more recently, a friendly acquaintance and an admirer of quarterback Tony Romo. That admiration has only grown this season, as Nowitzki has watched Romo battle through some painful back issues to lead the Cowboys to a 7-3 record.
“I’m proud of him, the way he sets the tone,” Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas this week. “Sometimes it’s not even you need to play at your best. You need to be out there for the team to show that we’re tough, that we can play through stuff. I think it sets a tone throughout the whole team.
“I obviously heard and I saw how he’s limping off the [field] a little bit and dragging. But that was always my motto--when you’re halfway decent and you can move around a little bit, then you’ve gotta lace 'em up. You’ve got to be out there for the team and help them.”
Romo did just that in his return to action, after missing a week with a pair of fractured bones in his back, last Sunday in London. In the 31-17 win, Romo went 20-27 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s a warrior,” Nowitzki said.
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