Brooking: Romo has ‘become a true leader’

Keith Brooking has been viewed as one of the vocal leaders in the Cowboys locker room since signing a three-year deal with the team in 2006.

So to no surprise, Brooking didn’t agree with Jason Hatcher’s comments about the Cowboys not having any leaders.

“It’s easy when you’re 8-8 and things don’t go your way [to say] we don’t have leaders,” Brooking said Sunday during an interview on CBS affiliate KTVT in Dallas. “I know for a fact that I’m a leader. I don’t care what anybody says. I know for a fact that Jason Witten is a leader. That man works harder than anybody I’ve ever been around in my life. His passion and his love for the game and his intensity and the way he holds guys accountable, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around.

“I’ve seen [Tony] Romo progress in the three years I’ve been here and [he has] become a true leader of a football team, in his own way.”

During an interview last month on the Ben and Skin Show [KESN-FM], Hatcher was asked who the Cowboys leaders were. The defensive end candidly said he didn’t know.

“Dude. I gotta be honest with you: That’s a good question. That’s a good question. I really don’t know,” Hatcher said. “It’s just another thing we really need.”

Brooking was then asked if the leadership isn’t the problem then why haven’t the Cowboys been more successful. He responded that he wasn’t the type of person to talk about that on camera.

And if you think the quarterback is to blame, Brooking put that theory to rest as well.

“I believe in No. 9. I believe in Tony Romo with all of my heart,” Brooking said. “I really believe he has what it takes to win multiple Super Bowls. Regardless of what anyone says, I know that the Cowboys, whether I’m here or not, … Jason Garrett’s the right guy, there is no doubt in my mind. I believe Rob Ryan is the guy, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

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