DeMarcus Ware is up for the Hall of Fame this year, and it would be a huge surprise if he wasn’t a first-ballot winner. He was the premier pass rusher of his day and managed to get his Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. He has everything you want in a Hall of Famer, including a stellar reputation off the field.
Ware was recently asked about the candidacy of another Cowboys player. Once upon a time, the Cowboys had a quarterback who was statistically dominant and based on pure numbers, looked like he could be on his way to Canton. But injuries, and the lack of playoff success, seems to have derailed that candidacy.
Of course, we speak of Tony Romo.
You’re eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year. History says that former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will not make the Hall of Fame. Do you believe he should make it?
DeMarcus Ware: “From his resume, yes. If it’s going off championships, no. If it’s one of those things where you’re looking at a Hall of Fame quarterback according to how many titles they won, he won’t make it. But, from the way he played and the stats that he put up, all of that? Yes. He’ll make it for sure. Especially with his image now in the media, being a big-time guy on television. So, he is the perfect candidate for it. To also promote the Hall of Fame classes and stuff, so it makes sense. ... I don’t know exactly what the criteria is, but going off those two sets of parameters, yes and no.”
At one time, there was momentum behind a Tony Romo Hall campaign. There was a point when he was among the top five quarterbacks all-time in passer rating, his volume stats certainly made him Hall worthy, and it was thought that once he broke through in the post-season, he would be on his way to a gold jacket and a bust. Unfortunately, that playoff success never really happened, injuries started to play havoc with his availability, and he eventually got supplanted by Dak Prescott. He retired earlier than many quarterbacks, and his career as a starter was delayed learning behind other quarterbacks.
There is not a lot of talk about Romo making the Hall now. Obviously Ware is a little bias on the subject, but at this point it looks like Romo is more likely a Hall of Fame broadcaster than player.
Can you make a legitimate case for Romo in the Hall?