Word around the campfire is that Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson are on the outs. I’ve been contemplating what this means in football terms all day long. Did Jessica Simpson really have some sort of effect on Romo’s performance on the field? I don’t think so… not directly anyway. I think she is just a byproduct of the celebrity lifestyle.
Before Bill Parcells left Dallas, he gave Tony a list of quarterback commandments to live and play by. One of them read, “Don’t be a celebrity quarterback!” I think he crossed that line way before Simpson came along. If it wasn’t Jessica, it would have been some other starlet, maybe Meagan Fox (Smokin’ Hot girl in Transformers). It seems to me that Tony is fully aware of what being the starting QB of the Cowboys can get you. The question I ask myself is, has Romo concerned himself more with what the Cowboys can do for him, than what he can do for the Cowboys?
Great quarterbacks are cut from the same cloth. Name one other NFL quarterback’s spouse or girlfriend, besides Tom Brady’s supermodel wife… it’s not easy to do. I think Peyton Manning’s wife develops real estate, or at least she used to.
Here is where I reach my personal dilemma. Can we really chastise Romo for embracing the celebrity lifestyle? How would you or I react if we rose from obscurity and were made the starting quarterback, on the most popular team, in our country’s most popular sport? I can’t speak for any of you, but I know I wouldn’t mind dating the likes of Carrie Underwood or Jessica Simpson.
Here is the conclusion that I have come to. If she truly is out of the picture then I am glad; not because I don’t like her or I think she is affecting his play, but because now there are no excuses. I think we can all agree that Tony has not lived up expectations thus far. Let’s see if he can silence his critics in 2009. Let me know what you think.