Several key Dallas Cowboys players went down in the season opener against the New York Giants. Right before half time Tony Romo went down with an apparent rib injury that had Cowboys fans holding their breath. Romo didn’t stay out of the game and went back into the game.
In the second half cornerback Morris Claiborne’s shoulder popped out of place and like Romo he said in the game. His inspiration for his tough display, quarterback Tony Romo who he says he overhead tell trainers at half time: “No, I don’t need that. I’m going back out and I’m playing.”
From Dallas Morning News:
“Romo’s tough,” Claiborne said Wednesday, a day after mentioning the story on his weekly Turf Talk radio show on 103.3 KESN-FM. “The position that he plays, and the things he does, and taking hits like that, and bruising his ribs. He’s our starting quarterback and for him to say, ‘No matter what, I’m going back in this game.’ When I heard him say that, I was like, ‘Wow.’ It just goes to show how tough he is, and I think he rubs off on all of us.”
“They were talking about taking me back in the locker room and I was like, ‘I’m not going to the back. I’m not leaving the field,’” Claiborne recalled. “There was talk about, ‘He’s finished.’ I said, ‘No, I’m not. I’m going back out and I’m going to play.’”
That is leadership by example and Tony Romo has been praised this week for his toughness. It’s good to see that his teammates are recognizing it and acknowledging it. This might be an early sign that this team is clicking and on the same page.