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Jimmy Johnson: Tony Romo 'is a great quarterback'

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For years.

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 "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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