Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Aikman retired due to back injuries, Tony Romo’s back should concern Cowboys


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s season came to an end when he underwent back surgery Friday morning. Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman explained that a similar injury is what led to his retirement, not concussions like many believe.

“There are a lot of people that believe the concussions led to my retirement, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Aikman told Norm Hitzges on SportsRadio KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket, via the Dallas Morning News. “I then, nor now, have ever experienced anything that had to deal with the concussions. I had surgery back when I was 26. I was young when I had my first back surgery following our first Super Bowl victory and didn’t miss any time for it.

“Then, going into my last year, I was having some back issues,” Aikman said. “I took epidural shots, as I understand Tony [Romo] had this week, and the first time I took them was before the Jacksonville game that season in 2000, and I remember on the day of the game, waking up, and I’d never felt better for a game in my life. My back felt pain free for the first time in years. And in the first quarter, we completely turned Tony Brackens loose and he slammed me on the turf right flat on my back, and immediately, my back went into spasms. I was done for the day. So that good feeling lasted about half of a quarter. And I took shots the following week hoping that I could recapture the pain-free symptoms, and it never took again. So, that is why I retired.”

Jones said he wouldn’t draft a quarterback high because he felt like Romo had a lot of time left. Aikman said the Cowboys should be concerned.

“I think it would be a concern of mine if I was with the Cowboys, having back surgery once again and at his age,” Aikman said. “It could be a factor going forward as far as his performance.”

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  • SmartThinking

    Once he heals, Romo’s body will tell him, then us all we need to know. My hope is that he can walk erect and feel both feet. As for quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys football team again, one need to look no further than Aikman for that answer.

    Do I want Romo to play again, at an elite level. Sure.

    But, particularly after having endured the same surgery Romo just went through, my sense tells me we watched Romo’s finest and last performance against the Redskins a week ago.

  • Ed

    We won’t know that until the beginning of training camp. My question is “what to do for the draft?”.