CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field after their 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
From the time Tony Romo burst on the scene as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, the comparison between he and Brett Favre has been drawn in countless instances by countless analysts. To be sure, their style of play is very similar, and this is by design. Growing up in Burlington, Wi., Romo studied Favre diligently, a practice that has resulted in the often-dubbed "gunslinger" style seen today.
But Favre is no longer Romo's idol. He is a friend, one that remains in consistent contact with the Dallas quarterback, and, albeit indirectly, may have had some degree of a hand in the Cowboys' run of late. Staring down the barrel of a brutal December schedule, Romo got an encouraging text from the 40-year-old Favre.
“He and I will exchange texts occasionally, great job, wish you well, things like that,” Favre said recently during a conference call with the Dallas media. “I sent him one a while back about all the talk of December and him not being able to win games and all that stuff.
“I've always had a lot of confidence in him. He has faced as much pressure as he will ever face. He has done an exceptional job of handling that at a high level. He has nothing to prove.”
Six weeks later, Romo's (and the Cowboys') success have him headed to the great white north for a date with the Vikings and a chance to go to the conference championship for the first time since the 1995 season--when the team beat Favre's Packers en route to a Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh.