Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders in first quarter during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Cowboys QB Tony Romo played through the flu


The Dallas Cowboys host the Oakland Raiders for their annual Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys found themselves in a hole almost right from the start, they fumbled the opening kick off which was returned for a touchdown. Late in the second quarter they found themselves in a 21-7 hole.

Quarterback Tony Romo led the Cowboys on a comeback, tying the game in the third quarter and building a lead in the fourth. The Raiders defense wasn’t the only obstacle for Romo on Thursday, he was also fighting the flu.

“He got sick last night and was throwing up,” coach Jason Garrett said, via the ESPN Dallas. “Didn’t have a great look on his face from a physical standpoint. Looked a little drawn to me. We talked about the great Joe Montana story and the Cotton Bowl. We didn’t actually get him the chicken soup, but we tried to get a little drama going so he could respond to it. I think as much as anything else when he got out there I think he started feeling good, particularly on that drive before the half, and I think it carried into the second half.”

Romo didn’t think it explained any praise or was worth noting. He shrugged it off as playing in the NFL where guys play through a lot worse.

“This is the NFL,” Romo said. “You play through anything. Guys played through a lot worse than what I was dealing with, I promise you that.”

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  • SmartThinking

    Romo played two different football games against Oakland yesterday.

    The first half was typical lose-every-other-game Cowboys where everything they tried looked befuddled and inept.

    The second half was the Cowboys teams I remember from the Staubach era: never say die, don’t let the opponent stop you, we’re going to win this game Cowboys football.

    I’ve been a fairly consistent critic of Romo and his teamsmanship skills this season. He proved me wrong again last night. And that second half was a pleasure to watch.