Tony Romo Chokes Up During Press Conference Handing Reins To Dak Prescott

Tony Romo addresses the media for the first time since his August 25 back injury. In his absence, Dak Prescott has turned in a sensational rookie season, leading the Cowboys to an 8-1 record and forcing team officials to make the hard decision this week to demote Romo to backup duty. The first time Dak missteps, we'll be right back where we started.

That statement made it very clear that Romo was accepting Prescott as the new starting quarterback and that his future may be elsewhere in the National Football League beyond this year. Romo is healthy again, but he said that doesn't mean it's time to mix things up. "You earn everything, every single day, over and over again - you have to prove it", Romo said. Dak Prescott has shown great poise and confidence in the pocket and has made plays when it counts.

It felt like a dry run for his retirement speech, because it had all the trimmings of tearful farewell, but Romo's not done playing football, so it was more of a retirement-from-one-particular-team-speech. No one knew if rookie fourth-rounder Dak Prescott would be up to the challenge - especially since Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel flopped in that role a year before - and no one knew if rookie first-rounder Ezekiel Elliott would be able to handle workhorse duties behind Prescott in the backfield. As hard as that is for me to say, he's earned that right.

For Romo, there are likely teams who could use a veteran quarterback with some gas still left in the tank. "Getting hurt when you feel like you had the best team you ever had was a soul-crushing moment for me".

During his press conference, Romo expressed regret at having never won a championship for himself or Cowboys fans. "And now your potential successor has arrived". On Monday, Cowboys Owner and GM Jerry Jones told the media that Tony Romo would serve as Prescott's backup going forward. Romo said that he'll be there to give Prescott whatever help he needs down the stretch.

"I think you all know something magical is happening to our team", Romo said.

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