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Tony Romo wasn't built in day; it only looks that way to everyone else. We all know how long he's been here, learning in practice and training camp. But he has only started eight games this year and will finish the season with 10 starts. JJT notes this little nugget.

Only Dan Marino has been named to the Pro Bowl with fewer starts. Marino had nine as a rookie in 1983. Marino, though, was a first-round pick. He was highly regarded in college and many figured he had star potential, even though he slipped dramatically on draft day.

Nice company to be keeping for Romo.

But making the Pro Bowl comes at a price.

"If anything it's only going to get me in more trouble in practice," Romo said of the ribbing he'll receive from coach Bill Parcells. "It's exciting and it means a lot that the coaches and the players voted for me for something like this. It's a humbling thing, definitely. I just really appreciate everyone that voted for me and thought that I was good enough to play."

Ah yes, the Tuna will definitely have some new ammunition.

DeMarcus Ware is excited about making it.

"Now I am in my second year [and] sort of getting a gist of what I am supposed to do, and I am up there with the elite guys. All the hard work has paid off," Ware said. "I wasn't expecting it at all. There are a lot of great players out there. For me, it's a big thing because I am a starter for the NFC."

Ware ranks eighth in the NFC with 7 1/2 sacks and has a pair of touchdowns this season. His selection should help justify where he was picked in the 2005 draft, one spot ahead of Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.

"I don't care about how he is playing," Ware said. "I am worried about my play and what I can do to make the Cowboys better."


Ha, Ware doesn't get into the Merriman/Ware debate. He's a Cowboy, the other guy isn't; so who cares about the other guy?

Vinny Testaverde gets some more love for helping Romo achieve success. They did work in the film room together, they lifted weights together, all kinds of stuff.
Testaverde still calls Romo, but is finding it harder to get a hold of his old student. But he does leave a message with a few words of wisdom.

When Testaverde calls Romo's cell phone, he always leaves the same message: "Throw the ball to Witten." But the return calls take a little longer these days, which provides the teacher with a chance to zing the pupil.

"He used to call me," Testaverde joked. "Now I can't get him on the phone. He's big time."