Tony Romo Says His Best Football Is Yet to Come

Coming off his second back surgery, Tony Romo says at 34 that his best football is yet to come. AP Photo/Gus Ruelas
Coming off his second back surgery, Tony Romo says at 34 that his best football is yet to come.
AP Photo/Gus Ruelas

Tony Romo turned 34 in April and is coming off his second back surgery in less than a year, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback sees himself playing the best football of his career in 2014 and beyond.

“I feel personally like I’ve just started to come into the player that wanted to be six, seven years ago,” Romo said after the Cowboys’ first training camp practice Thursday. “I think — and I’ve said it before — but I think over the course of the next four or five years, you’ll see the best version of me that I’ve had throughout my career. That’s for a lot of different reasons. But I really believe that, and I believe that will show as we go forward. So I’m excited about that. As my body continues to get healthier and healthier, it’s going to be better.”

Romo, who is entering his eighth full season as the Cowboys’ starter, would not go into those reasons, but he did address the current state of his back. He had a discectomy last December that kept him out of the Cowboys’ Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was held out of competitive drills in organized team activities and minicamp to make sure he was 100 percent for training camp.

Romo said he will spend three to four hours a day doing rehab, maintenance or strengthening exercises for his back. He said there is no pain in it.

“They’ll definitely get sick and tired of me over here in the training room and just all the areas around the facility here because you’re going to want to get inflammation and all that stuff,” Romo said. “If anyone’s ever had surgery, you have to do all those things. A back, any time you’ve ever had a back, the smart people change the routine going forward. They make sure that they commit to a routine that’s going to give them the best chance to be strong in all the other areas you need to be.

“Part of that is doing all the little work, the tedious stuff, before you get out here. It’s two, two and a half hours you’ve got to get up here before you start the practice. That’s what I have to do, and I have no problem doing that. I love the game, and it’s going to be something that’s easy to do to make sure that you’re always in good health.”

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Todd Archer

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