If Tony Romo has trouble spotting the sun, it's because Troy Aikman's long shadow has blotted it out.
Romo has posted remarkable numbers for the Dallas Cowboys, but people in that town don't care about remarkable numbers.
Aikman's body of work -- lighter statistically, but heavier on the Lombardi Trophy count -- is untouchable in the hearts and minds of most Cowboys fans. Only a Super Bowl will alter the group-think, and Jimmy Johnson -- Aikman's old coach -- believes Romo can get there.
"The guy is a great quarterback," Johnson said at the PwC-SMU Athletic Forum on Wednesday, via ESPNDallas.com. "You've got to win the ring to get it done. I think Romo can get it done. I love Tony Romo."
Johnson argued that Romo "catches more undeserved abuse" than anyone in the NFL. Sounds about right. For a guy who tossed 31 touchdown passes to just 10 interceptions last season, Romo remains mischaracterized as a bumbler; a stopgap prone to gaffes on the national stage. Nonsense.
Romo's mistakes are well-documented, but they're also largely ancient relics from his early career.
Romo -- in another city -- would be hailed and given his due. In Dallas, the game is different.
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