Romo: Montana won two Super Bowls after having same back surgery
JUN 12, 2014 3:21p ET
Joe Montana and John Elway played until they were 38. Brett Favre was still in the NFL at 41.
Coming off a December back surgery to repair a herniated disk, Tony Romo doesn't see why he can't do the same.
"I'll be able to play for a while," the 34-year-old Dallas Cowboys quarterback recently said during an NFL Network interview that will air Friday. "There are way too many cases where you see people come back; Troy Aikman had it -- they won a Super Bowl the same season. Joe Montana comes back and wins two Super Bowls. They had the same surgery."
Romo has been limited during organized team activities the last three weeks. He's participated in walk-through portions of practice but has not been on the field for team drills. Romo will likely see a similar workload during next week's minicamp. He's hoping to be 100 percent in two weeks.
Romo has started 47 of the Cowboys' last 48 games, averaging 275 yards, two touchdowns and just under one interception per game. Dallas is 24-23 during that stretch.
Like the Cowboys quarterbacks before him, Romo will ultimately be judged by his postseason success. The Cowboys are 1-3 in the playoffs since Romo became the starter in 2006.
But the three-time Pro Bowler says he's not looking back.
"When I'm done playing, I'll do that but right now it's about improving," Romo said. "I'm not done growing as a football player. I have to keep getting better; if I don't get better, then it doesn't help our football team. We weren't good enough before and it just means that I have to be a better player to help this team get to where we're trying to go. That's my ultimate goal each year."