Welcome to our first installment of Dallas Cowboys Throwback Thursdays.
This week we take a look back at how Tony Romo went from the Cowboys back-up in 2006 to the starting quarterback and Pro Bowler. It only seems fitting to take a look at Romo’s rise to stardom at a time when many people are predicting he’ll ultimately be ousted by Dak Prescott.
Drew Bledsoe was the Cowboys starter heading into the 2006 season. The former New England Patriot started the first six games for Dallas before Bill Parcells named Romo the starter for a Week 8 game against the Carolina Panthers.
That decision resulted in a 35-14 victory for the Cowboys and solidified Romo as the starter for the rest of the season. In November, he helped Dallas defeat the previously unbeaten Indianapolis Colts — who were the NFL’s last unbeaten team at the time — and then helped Dallas to a victory on Thanksgiving.
Romo ultimately led Dallas to the playoffs and the Cowboys lost to the Seattle Seahawks on a gaffe by the quarterback. Romo fumbled the snap on a fourth-and-1 play from the 19-yard line as the Cowboys were about to attempt a game-winning field goal. Dallas never got the kick off and the Cowboys lost 21-20.
While the field-goal gaffe left permanent scars with some Dallas fans, Romo’s stats that season were impressive and he finished seventh in the NFC in passing yards (2,903) and touchdown passes (19). He was also an injury replacement and played in his first career Pro Bowl.