Everyone has very high expectations for Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, who is currently recovering from back surgery.
Recently, NBA basketball star LeBron James offered Romo some advice on dealing with the criticism, and reaching those expectations, during a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
“Just don’t care what everybody thinks,” James said. “You work on your craft and at the end of the day, if you went out there and gave it all you had and you laid it on the line for you and your teammates, you can sleep comfortably at night.”
James also encouraged Romo to not watch the popular sports television show ESPN. He says that Romo doesn’t need to listen to those trying to tell him what he needs to do when they have never even put on a uniform.
Don’t watch ESPN. All these so-called everyone knows what to do but they never put on a uniform, trying to tell you what to do. It’s not about that. I think Tony’s at a point now in his career where he’s one of the great quarterbacks we have in our game. It’s because of his work ethic.
James then elaborated on Romo’s work ethic, explaining that he was always a leader. He says that Romo did not need someone telling him what to do; that his work ethic made him the player his is today.
It’s not about that. I think Tony’s at a point now in his career where he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks we have in our game because of his work ethic. Nobody woke him up in the morning to go to practice. Nobody told him to go to OTAs. Nobody told him to stay after practice and throw to his receivers. He just goes out there and does it. We all make mistakes, but at the end of the day, if you work on your game, you can live with that.
Romo is reported to be progressing well from his back surgery he underwent in December 2013. Doctors expect Romo to make a full recovery, and are hoping that he will be ready to take part in the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason program starting on April 21.
“All I can go off of is what the doctors and trainers tell me, which is they think he’ll make a full recovery and be fine,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “He’s obviously on a timeline, but there’s no concern on his timeline this year missing anything like he did last year.”
Jones said that he doesn’t have any doubts that Romo will return in excellent condition. “I’m sure any player wants to be in even better condition than they were, but I don’t think it was an issue with Tony,” Jones said. “I thought Tony had an outstanding year, and his injury was a freak deal. He twisted out of a tackle trying to make a play and had an issue with his back.”
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