Through out the years, in the NFL, there have been more quarterback busts than there has been gems. For every Tom Brady or Peyton Manning there are five or six Joey Harringtons and David Carrs. The vast majority of the great QBs were picked in the first few rounds of the NFL draft, and even then it wasn’t a guarantee that they would be as good in the NFL as their draft choice would suggest. So how was it that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo slipped through the cracks?
Even though in week one the questions were mounting on whether or not Tony Romo was the real deal, or if last years fumbled snap (on what would have been a game winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the playoffs), would cause unrepairable damage to his confidence for a first time starter his numbers were really impressive. Looking through history though, you might be surprised of the similarities he shared with another great QB. A Quarterback who was initially past up in the draft, but picked up in the first round of the supplemental draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Steve Young was the first pick up in the Supplemental Draft in 1985. In his first two seasons starting for the Buccaneers the team posted consecutive 2 and 14 records. Prompting the Bucs to pick up Vinnie Testaverde first overall in the 1987 draft. Steve Young was deemed a bust and traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where he would spend the next few years under one of the greatest QBs of all time, Joe Montana. It wouldn’t be until the 1993 season that Steve Young would be the undisputed starter of the San Francisco 49ers. That season he took the 49ers deep into the playoffs only to lose to the Dallas Cowboys in the Conference Championship. In 1994 however the 49ers made a few adjustments to the roster and would beat the Cowboys in the Conference Championship and go on to win the Super Bowl.
Tony Romo has yet to win a Super Bowl and has yet to even win a playoff round, and whether he can or not is still a question in search for an answer. Still there are similarities between the two. Both were passed over in the NFL Draft, both looked to be perennial back ups in their careers as NFL QBs, both waited for their time to shine and took their game to the next level when given the chance, both QBs are considered short for the NFL at 6’2″, and both great at moving around the pocket to buy extra time. In time the similarities may drift away, and Tony Romo could still prove his critics right. For now, however, Tony Romo is following the same path to greatness taken by Steve Young not so many years ago.