Chicago Sports.com does a nice piece on Tony Romo.
It's not a hard-hitting article, but I liked a few things I found:
In many ways, it seems celebrity and its perks have preceded accomplishment for Romo. He has started all of 12 NFL games, not even the equivalent of a full regular season. He has been very good in nine of them.
He has been affected by none of it.
If you confuse his confidence with arrogance, read on:
"The thing with me is I never feel I'm as good as I maybe play," Romo said. "Anytime I get an award, or something that says you're good, I feel I have to go out and actually prove it.
"Whereas other people might think they've proven something, I feel the opposite."
Despite all the talk of Romo's activities in the off-season, no player on the Cowboys offense spent more time working at Valley Ranch than Romo. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips calls Romo a "football rat" who loves to practice and play the game.
"I don't see how you can take off for months and throw a football two weeks before camp," Romo said. "A lot of guys do it. But I don't see how you can get better from the year before."
In a typical week, Romo spends 20 hours watching tape with Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. It has shown in his play, as Romo has led the Cowboys to the highest scoring offense in football through two games. Of those 13 quarterbacks who were taken ahead of him, the only one who would be drafted ahead of Romo today is Carson Palmer.
And how about the fame? Is it going to his head?
In the players parking lot at Valley Ranch, you will find the usual assortment of luxury SUVs and outlandish sports cars. And you also will find the Ford Expedition that belongs to Romo. He paid $42,000 for it. Until two months ago, he was driving the same Chevy Tahoe he rolled up to Dallas in.
If, as expected, he hits a contract grand slam in the coming months, he won't start traveling to away games in a private jet or show up wearing 16 pounds of bling.
Hardly anyone knew it, but one of the reasons Romo was so excited about judging the Miss Universe pageant is it provided an opportunity to get away for a couple of days with some of his football buddies from Eastern Illinois and the Chicago area, Paul Massat and Justin Penio.
And hardly anyone knew Romo was back at Valley Ranch the afternoon after the pageant, throwing passes and working up a sweat.