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August 23, 2013

Staubach believes in Romo and identifies with Romo, but says he had more advantages when he played

Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach has made it clear he is a big fan of Tony Romo.

He believes Romo is a franchise-quarterback who can win the Super Bowl for the Cowboys, and that Romo reminds him of himself when he was young. But he said Romo does not have the advantages he enjoyed when he was winning Super Bowls in the 1970s.

“I can’t take credit for those great teams I had,” Staubach said Thursday night after watching the Cowboys’ public practice, the “Silver and Blue Debut” at AT&T Stadium. “It was because I had a running game. I had a good offensive line. I had a lot of things working for me. But you’ve got to be good yourself, and Tony is a franchise quarterback.”

Staubach said he identifies in terms of playing style with Romo.

“I think Troy Aikman is one of the truly great quarterbacks, not only that Dallas has had, but that the NFL has had,” he said. “He’s a different quarterback than Tony and I. I think I’m closer to Tony on more moving around, moving out of the pocket, doing things. And so I think we have some similarities there. I just happened to have, I think, a more veteran team when I first took over. Then, the second part, we got lucky with the Randy Whites, we got Drew Pearson, we got Tony Hill. Tony’s getting that now with Dez Bryant. They’re really making some good draft choices.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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