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.”