But Romo said he doesn’t belong in any discussion with the three-time Super Bowl champion.
"It’s just about winning," Romo said Tuesday at Valley Ranch, where he met with reporters for half an hour to talk about the offseason, his future and how he is trying to prepare for next season, including dropping an attempt to qualify for golf’s U.S. Open.
Asked about Aikman’s comments in March that Romo is already a better quarterback than he was, Romo said he’ll take the compliment but that until he himself is a Super Bowl winner, there is no comparison between the two.
"There is no discussion to be had for anybody," Romo said. "There is probably one guy who has ever played the position who didn’t win a Super Bowl who is in the discussion for the greatest quarterbacks, and that’s Dan Marino. ... It’s the same thing as winning majors in golf. We know what matters as a quarterback. We know what matters.
"For me it just means that Troy thinks that you’re doing something right, and I think that’s exciting from a quarterback’s perspective, coming from a guy who’s one of the greatest players ever to play in the game. But I don’t think I belong in that discussion, so Troy, I think, was being nice."
No one has to tell Romo he hasn’t won enough. The Cowboys last year missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, losing the season finale and the NFC East championship to a New York Giants team that went on to win the Super Bowl.
Romo has one playoff victory as he gets ready to start his sixth full season as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback.
"It’s frustrating whenever you don’t accomplish your goal each season, and obviously that’s to win the Super Bowl," Romo said. "So that part of it obviously sits there, and you want to accomplish that. The thing I can control is how hard I work, how much better I’m getting every single year and am I bringing these guys along to make them as good as they can be? Because that’s part of my job, and I think that that’s part of what it takes to win a Super Bowl."
Romo opted not to try to qualify for the U.S. Open this year, and tight end Jason Witten praised the decision for sending a message about the quarterback’s commitment to the team, adding that it should not have been questioned in the first place.
Romo said he wasn’t trying to send a message.
"The perception is all about whatever happens from winning and losing," he said. "If you lose, you need to do more to win. When you win, you get a reprieve, a break, whatever kind of thing, to allow that."