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Romo Reached Out to Aikman to Discuss Back Issues

Troy Aikman says it was back issues that led to his retirement in 2000

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    Jose Sanchez, NBC 5 Photojournalist

    When rehabbing from back surgery, PGA superstar Tiger Woods reached out to his friend and fellow back surgery recipient Tony Romo to discuss the process of coming back. Romo sought advice too, from Cowboys legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, who underwent back surgery in 1993--fresh off his first Super Bowl win and, at 26, eight years younger than Romo is now.

    "Yeah, I talked to him," Romo said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "You talk to a lot of people. Troy is one of them. He went through it. Like I said, you have to change your routine. Instead of just going in and bench pressing and doing these other things that you do to get yourself ready, you need to incorporate this routine as part of it. You strengthen all of those areas around it."

    Aikman has been outspoken in his concern over Romo, who had two back surgeries in the span of eight months last year. In fact, Aikman says the idea that concussion issues led to his retirement is a misonception; it was back issues that ultimately led to his walking away from the game in 2000.

    "There are a lot of people that believe the concussions led to my retirement, but nothing could be further from the truth," Aikman said on local radio last year. "I then, nor now, have ever experienced anything that had to deal with the concussions. I had surgery back when I was 26. I was young when I had my first back surgery following our first Super Bowl victory and didn't miss any time for it.”

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