The biggest storyline in Dallas right now isn't the Cowboys' stellar and surprising 8-1 record. It's not the play of the offensive line, arguably the best unit in football. It's the admirable job Tony Romo's done after learning that he'd be the backup until further notice.
He gave an emotional, heartfelt speech on Tuesday to the media, inciting respect and gratitude from just about everyone in the NFL. When he began his statement, it almost appeared as though he was going to call it a career and hang up his cleats. He was stoic, unexcited and visibly upset about his position, but not to the point where he'd retire.
Jason Witten doesn't expect that announcement to come anytime soon.
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Jason Witten on Tony Romo: "I don't think he's planning on retiring anytime soon. I wouldn't bet against him."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) November 16, 2016
Witten took that idea a step further, saying he's never even thought that Romo's days in Dallas are numbered. He's not the only one who's never had that pop into his mind, either.
Witten on if he's thought Romo may never take another snap in Dallas: "I don't think it's entered my mind & it hasn't entered anyone's mind.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) November 16, 2016
Witten wasn't surprised in the slightest bit by Romo's near-perfect handling of the situation, or by his inspirational reading Tuesday. He wasn't shocked to see Romo address his predicament with class and great respect for Dak Prescott.
Witten on Romo's raw statement: "It seems as if you guys are surprised by that, but I would just say maybe you don't know the guy who I know— Brandon George (@DMN_George) November 16, 2016
Jason Witten on Romo statement: "It really embodied everything we want on this team. He's put a lot of thought and time into it."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) November 16, 2016
Jason Witten on Romo statement: "We appreciate the authenticness and just how real he was."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) November 16, 2016
Romo may not be the starter, but there's still a chance he'll have an impact for the Cowboys this season. Should Prescott struggle or suffer an unfortunate injury, he'll be right there at the drop of a hat. He just has to wait his turn, as he did for years before he became the starter in 2006.