Quarterback Tony Romo had to think about football as he led the game-winning drive Sunday, but he was thinking about everything else that has happened in the last two days as Dan Bailey’s 40-yard kick won the game.
You think everything,” he said after Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Bengals. “In a 10-second span, you think about those guys, you think about the situations of all the guys who battled out there on the field to win, you think about their families, you think about the team and keeping our playoff chances alive. It’s a roller coaster of emotion.
I don’t know what’s right. I don’t know what’s wrong. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do or feel or whatever. I just know there is a lot of things that go in and out of your thought process of this last 24 to 36 hours.”
Romo completed 25 of 43 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He finished with a 74.6 passer rating, battling through a tough game with part of his mind occupied.
“I’m not trying to be a psychologist here, but it consumes your thoughts,” he said. “It’s the same when negative things happen in life in general. Now, there are varying degrees. Obviously, nothing is more important that someone’s life being taken. But there are varying degrees of adversity you’re going to go through. Losing a football game, not making a play, doing whatever you care about. When that doesn’t happen, what happens? Well, you stay up at night, you think about it. In the moments alone when you’re by yourself, that’s what overtakes you. I think if you’re sitting on the bench on the side, that’s part of what goes through your mind. The football game, the whole process. But at the same time, you think about those guys, you think about their families, everything they’ve done to commit to try to be out there. You think about Jerry’s spirit.
“There is a lot of stuff that goes through your mind.”
Romo also shared his memories of Jerry Brown, calling him upbeat and happy.
“He was coming on, doing great,” Romo said. “I talked to him. I’d walk by and say you keep doing what you’re doing and you’re going to be on the field. He had a big smile. He’s a guy who loved to play the game. And his spirit. I know you guys didn’t get a chance to see him as much, but he embodies what you want as a football player with the attitude and the way he came every day. That’s what you think about.”
-- Carlos Mendez