I was looking at Tony Romo's numbers so far in his career. I thought it'd be interesting to see his numbers compared to Staubach and Aikman. Since Romo has had 39 starts, I decided to add up the numbers on all three quarterbacks in their first 39 starts. Well Romo has shined. His stats pretty much out do both Hall of Fame Cowboy greats.
Before I write the numbers down there a few things to keep in mind. Troy was thrown into the fire as a rookie in 1989. Troy was 23 when he had his first NFL start. Aikman had to learn on the fly. Romo held a clipboard a few years before he started. The 89 and 90 Cowboys weren't as good as Romos' Cowboys in 2006 but once 1991 rolled around and Smith bloomed in his 2nd year, Aikman started to put up the numbers. About Staubach, hes another fascinating story. Because of his military service, Staubach didn't start until he was 27. Amazingly Staubach started his first game in 1969 and didn't have his 39th start until the 12th game in 1974. Staubach didn't start a game in 1972, only appearing in 4 games. Unlike Aikman, Staubach started his career on a very good football team. The 70s Cowboys were loaded with pro bowlers. However the pass blocking was poor at times. Here are the three quarterbacks comparisons in 39 starts in their respective careers.......
Player Record as Starter Attempts Comp. Pct. Yds. TDs Ints
Romo 27-12 815 1,280 63.6 10,300 78 43
Staubach 29-10 528 912 57.8 7,395 49 42
Aikman 15-24 636 1,086 58.5 7,290 32 48
So you can see that Romo has had alot of success in his 39 starts. The stats in bold are better then Hall of Famers numbers. Yes, both Staubach and Aikman won championships but Romo is young and he has a bright future ahead of him. Why do haters hate him? Because they know hes gonna lead us to another Super Bowl championship! I believe that 09 will be a break through year and we'll get our elusive playoff win.