After watching his team fall in a heartbreaker to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones drew a comparison between quarterback Tony Romo and Hall of Famer/Broncos exec John Elway.
It makes at least some sense, this comparison. Like Romo, Elway spent much of his career operating under the stigma of the quarterback who struggles to win the big game. Of course, even before capping his career with back-to-back Super Bowl wins, Elway made the playoffs (and went deeper in the playoffs) more than Romo ever has. But it’s worth remembering that until those Super Bowl wins, a good deal of Broncos fans were certain Elway would never and could never win it all.
“The guy standing over on the other sideline or up in the box, John Elway, had those things said about him his entire career,” Jones said Sunday, per the team’s official website. “He was a great player and we all know that, and he ultimately got his Super Bowls and they don’t say that about him anymore.”
This week, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, who coached Elway to those two championships in Denver, added some validity to the comparison when he agreed with it wholeheartedly.
“I think the people that see Tony practice every day and the teammates know what he can do,” Shanahan said. “But you do it as a team. Everybody’s got to do it together. When I was with John, going into the 15th, 16th year, you had the same people saying that he couldn’t do it throughout his whole career. Then when he does do it, everybody says ‘Ah, yeah. We knew he could do it.’ I mean, it’s the same old thing.”
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