Around the League

Presented By

Tony Romo: Media members 'don't matter' to Cowboys

Tony Romo has kept a low profile this offseason. That hasn't kept him out of the national news cycle.

Harrison: NFC summer storylines

Don't fear the dog days: Elliot Harrison picks out a storyline worth paying attention to for each team in the NFC. **More ...**

A $108 million contract extension had something to do with that. So did Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who made it known that Romo would be expected to spend "Peyton Manning-type time" in the team facility going forward.

Predictably, the media found intrigue in Jerrah's comment. How would Romo's role change? Was Jones insinuating his quarterback wasn't doing enough? And seriously, what the hell does "Peyton Manning-type time" even mean?

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Romo said the speculation that comes attached to his name has no effect on his life.

"Not trying to be rude, but you guys just don't matter," Romo said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The comment drew a laugh from media members before Romo continued.

"I know you guys all have a job to do, and it helps grow the game and there's a lot of talk about the game, and it's a wonderful aspect of it," he said. "But good (or) bad, none of it matters. It's going to be played out on the field. No matter what, we're going to have to open up the football season against the New York Giants, and whether you said great things or whether you guys may have said the Cowboys are whatever -- the best ever, the worst ever, they can't ever, they can -- it doesn't matter. You've still got to show up, and you've got to play.

"All the other stuff is for people to talk about and enjoy. To me, when you sit there and look at it, it just doesn't matter. It's just stuff."

You have to have thick skin to be the quarterback of the Cowboys. You can dislike Romo as a quarterback, but it's hard to argue that he doesn't handle the media scrutiny at an expert level.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content