Romo: ‘I’ve just started to come into the player I wanted to be’

OXNARD, Calif. — Tony Romo doesn’t think his best years are behind him. Despite being 34 and coming off a December back surgery, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback says his best years are still to come.

Following the first training camp practice of the year on Thursday, Romo was asked if he ever thought his career might be over when he suffered a herniated disk in his back last December.

"Nah," Romo responded.  "I didn’t think about that. I’m sure one day when I’m 45, the body will tell me I’m done playing. But I feel personally like I’ve just started to come into the player that I wanted to be six, seven years ago.

"I think and I’ve said it before, but I think over the course of the next four or five years, you’ll see the best version of me that I’ve had throughout my career. That’s for a lot of different reasons. But I really believe that and I believe that will show as we go forward.

"So, I’m excited about that. As my body continues to get healthier and healthier, it’s going to be better."


Romo, who assured everyone that there is no longer pain in his surgically-repaired back, was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

Romo’s best statistical season came in 2011, when he threw 31 touchdown passes, only 10 interceptions and posted a 102.5 QB rating in 16 starts. He was almost as good last season with 31 TD passes, only 10 interceptions and a 96.7 QB rating in 15 starts.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday that he can see Romo’s numbers being even better this year.

"He’ll be even more efficient," Jones said. "I think he had a great year last year."

Jones also said he feels good about where Romo’s at in his rehab process.

"He’s out here, throwing the ball around," Jones said. "He’s a work in progress in terms of we’re not trying to win the [NFC] East tomorrow. This is a long training camp and the last thing we want to do is act like we’re playing Sunday, with him.

"We want to be conservative, but at the same time, give him the work that he needs."

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