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October 10, 2013

Tony Romo on his teammates' support this week: We believe in each other

Tony Romo didn't hear anything but positive comments this week. That's because he was only listening to his teammates.

The Cowboys have made it clear all week that they have Romo's back, something he said he appreciates.

"We are a close-knit group," Romo said Thursday. "More than anything, I trust those guys. I know they trust me. We have been doing it a long time. You gain trust and respect through your work ethic, your production and commitment. We have a bunch of guys in this locker room who bring it every day, so I have their back the entire time. All the things that come about during a season, there are going to be moments, but we believe in each other. It's a good thing."

Romo threw for a team-record 506 yards and five touchdowns against the Broncos, but his lone interception, which came with 1:57 remaining, allowed Denver to kick the game-winning field goal on the final play.

"Well, the great thing about sports is you get to compete," Romo said, "and you don’t always succeed and you don’t always fail. The thing about it that’s great is that you've just got to keep getting better, and if you keep getting better, eventually you’ll achieve your goals or give yourself the best chance to do that. To me, that’s the mantra for our football team over and over again: Just keep getting better. When the football team and when everyone collectively comes together, then you’ll be able to do what you want to."

Dez Bryant said there is only one reason Romo has taken the criticism he has this week.

"Because he’s got the star on his helmet," Bryant said Thursday. "There’s no question it’s been going on a long time. Even when I was in college, you know, I used to hear things. And I always thought Tony was a great quarterback, and he still is to this day. He’s a leader. He’s the leader of our football team. As soon as things go right, everybody will be praising him [again]."

Romo ranks second in the NFL with a 114.3 rating. He has 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

-- Charean Williams 



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