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June 11, 2013

Romo tells reporters they help grow the game, but when it comes to the actual game, 'You guys just don't matter'

Tony Romo understands the job of the media. But, no offense – it has no affect on him.

“Not trying to be rude, but you guys just don’t matter,” Romo told reporters Tuesday at Valley Ranch as the Cowboys opened mini-camp.

He was answering a question about owner Jerry Jones’ thought that he should spend “Peyton Manning-type time” on the job and his heightened role in the game-planning inadvertently put more pressure on him.

He continued after his line drew a small laugh.

“I know you guys all have a job to do, and it helps grow the game and there’s a lot of talk about the game, and it’s a wonderful aspect of it,” he said. “But good/bad, none of it matters. It’s going to be played out on the field. No matter what, we’re going to have to open up the football season against the New York Giants, and whether you said great things or whether you guys may have said the Cowboys are whatever – the best ever, the worst ever, they can’t ever, they can – it doesn’t matter. You’ve still got to show up, and you’ve got to play.

“All the other stuff is for people to talk about and enjoy. To me, when you sit there and look at it, it just doesn’t matter. It’s just stuff.”

Romo was asked if it’s fair to say he has thick skin.

He smiled.

“It’s fair to say,” he said.

So Romo understands he will be the subject of conversation. But he will stick to his philosophy:

“Someone tells you you’re the greatest ever? ‘Thanks.’ Move on,” he said. “Someone tells you you’re the worst ever? ‘Thanks.’ Move on.’ And you go out there and keep getting better. And eventually, you’ll have your best chance for success.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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