The Dallas Cowboys got a win over the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day to move two games over .500. The game wasn’t without obstacles, quarterback Tony Romo was sick and played through the flu.
“He kind of put on that Michael Jordan that is sick and sticking it out and pulling this W out for us,” wide receiver Dez Bryant said comparing it to Jordan’s famous ‘flu game’ during the 1997 NBA finals, via the Dallas Morning News.
You might wonder why he didn’t compare it to the more local Dirk Nowitzki, who played through an illness in the 2011 NBA Finals. Romo apparently downplayed the comparison and said Jordan was sicker than he was.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones praised Romo’s performance as well.
“Tony was very sick today, having real terrible stomach issues,” Jones said. “He’d had trouble with it during the night and by the way wasn’t going to let that stop him. But he certainly had to get some special attention before he went out there and played. But we thought that wouldn’t affect his play. It didn’t. He’s just a gamer. He’s showing us time and time again.
“He protected the ball out there today. He played within himself. I was proud to see him take over, which he does, when you see out of empty and you’re into the second quarter. That was Mr. Romo.
“I was proud to see him feel that way about the team, his ability to lead the team. I was very proud of him. … Tony did a great job. That was inspirational. I thought it affected the outcome of the game.”