College football’s ‘quitters’ could learn a lot from Tony Romo

Call me old-fashioned, because I am, so when I heard Tony Romo’s prepared speech to the media regarding Dak Prescott replacing him as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, tears came to my eyes. It was truly one of the most beautiful addresses I’ve ever heard.

He spoke to everything that is good, everything that is right, everything that is noble about sports. It wasn’t just Romo speaking, either; it was Vince Lombardi and Bear Bryant and Hank Stram and Tom Landry. And many others.

In Romo’s roughly six-minute speech, he discussed remembering why he loves the game of football, how he plugged into to all that is good in football, and how he’s applied the lessons of football to his own life.

Here’s what I have learned: Football, like life, can be unfair. It’s up to you to figure out how you will respond.

Because life is not fair, there will come a time when someone younger, healthier and better than you will take your role. It is up to you to figure out how you respond — either for the best of the team, like Romo, or simply out of your own self-interest.

I believe the most special moments come from shared commitments, when you play a role and achieve goals together. In the end, that is remembered, not the individual prestige or stats, but the relationships and achievements created through a group, a team. That is what football is all about: The individual sacrificing for the team.

I have never respected Tony Romo more than I do today.

I think we could all take a page from his talk. I especially think his message should be considered by college football players.

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