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NBA All-Star Nowitzki tells Cowboys' Romo to tune out critics

The Tony Romo narrative is starting to feel like a different take on the movie "Groundhog Day".

Step 1: Romo falters in epically fantastic way, Cowboys lose, nation derides QB.

Step 2: Romo performs well, Cowboys win, nation collectively forgets about Step 1.

Step 3: Romo falters in epically fantastic way, Cowboys lose, nation derides QB.

Rinse and repeat.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is aware of the cycle of criticism Romo endures. The NBA All-Star took to his Twitter page on Monday in what we imagine is some kind of pro athlete civic brotherhood we aren't privy to.

"Dear tony romo. Don't worry abt all the critics," Nowitzki tweeted. "I heard that same garbage for a long time. Keep working hard and keep improving."

We love this type of earnest social media encouragement. Bernard Berrian should look into it. As for Dirk, the man is obviously uniquely qualified to dish out advice, however unsolicited it may be. He was once known as a star professional athlete in Dallas who couldn't get it done in a big spot. It took an NBA championship in June to change Nowitzki's legacy.

So, following that logic, all Romo has to do is reign in all the tendencies that tend to undermine him and bring back the Lombardi Trophy to Big D. Doesn't seem so hard, right?

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