The whole story of Tony Romo is rather amazing. He played at Division I-AA Eastern Illinois after being overlooked by the big boys. He went undrafted but worked his way into being a Pro Bowl quarterback with the fourth-highest career passer rating in NFL history.
That’s a Cinderella story, perhaps rivaled only by the rise of Kurt Warner. Yet, everybody loves Warner and hates Romo.
Part of the reason is because Romo doesn’t receive a pass on his playoff failures because his father wasn’t a mediocre quarterback with one of the losing-est teams in league history. The other reason is because Romo is the quarterback of the Cowboys. Much like how America hates Derek Jeter just because he plays for the Yankees, Romo will never catch a break because he is the quarterback of the Cowboys. (Then there was that whole Jessica Simpson deal.)
So when Romo falters (like he did against the Jets on Sunday night), social-media websites will blow up. And for the past three days, Twitter has been abuzz with the hash tag #quarterbacksbetterthanromo. And to be honest, it’s rather hilarious.
America’s most creative comedy minds aren’t churning out movies and television shows. They’re skewering our quarterbacks on Twitter. The best examples I have come across have been the obvious — Uncle Rico from “Napoleon Dynamite,” James Van Der Beek from “Varsity Blues,” or Jon Kitna (which surprisingly didn’t come from the account of Martellus Bennett).
My personal addition is a cheerleader throwing a miniature football into the crowd. So let’s come up with the definitive list in the comment section below, because let’s be honest, I have nothing better to write about.