One of the most contentious issues among Cowboys supporters is whether Tony Romo should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Loyal Tony Romo followers will tell you that he is a lock for the Hall of Fame on the first vote, while his harshest detractors would scoff at the very concept of such a bold assertion.
The truth is that it is extremely difficult to predict what will happen with respect to player induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are many factors that go into the voting process, including statistics, records, and opinions from other players, coaches, and members of the media.
In order for an individual player to be considered for enshrinement, they need to meet several criteria: they must have played professionally for 10 years and earned votes from 75 percent of the voters; they must have been elected by at least 80 percent of those who vote on their case; and finally, they cannot have been suspended or disqualified from future voting.
It is not impossible for a player to be voted in during their first year of eligibility, but it does not happen very often. In fact, only 12 players have been voted in during their first year of candidacy. The most recent example was Troy Aikman in 2011. He had previously been named as one of the top five quarterback candidates for the hall of fame.
Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS NFL game commentator, is on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Romo, a four-time Pro Bowler, still remains among the top ten all-time passers in passer rating and yards per attempt. He also ranks ninth with a career 3:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Romo was drafted by the Cowboys out of Southern Methodist University in 2004. He replaced veteran Quincy Carter and led the team to a 10-6 record as a rookie before tearing his ACL during a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He returned the next season and went on to become one of the best quarterbacks in football history. In 2007, he passed for 4,987 yards with 39 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions. He also had a career-high 943 yards passing with eight scores in a single game - a Thanksgiving Day match-up against the Washington Redskins - while playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb. The Cowboys lost that game 24-20 but it didn't stop them from making the playoffs with 11-5 record. That year, Romo threw for over 300 yards in seven games.
In 2008, Romo set multiple franchise records with 4,957 yards passed and 38 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. He also had three games with at least four touchdowns passes and no interceptions.
Tony Romo discovered that the second time was the charm. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback was chosen to the College Football Hall of Fame's 2021 class on Sunday, after being nominated for a second time by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame. He will be honored along with other members of the class during the NCAA Football Awards Show on December 6 in Atlanta.
Romo led Texas Christian University to two Big 12 titles and 122 wins over four seasons before being selected first overall by the Cowboys in the 2004 NFL draft. He went on to become one of the best quarterbacks in football history, helping Dallas win three Super Bowls in the last six years.
After retiring as a player following the 2013 season, Romo returned to TCU for one final season before announcing his retirement for good after the 2014 campaign. He ended his career with 4,928 yards passing with 39 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. He also ran for 1,074 yards and 14 more scores during his time in Fort Worth.
Romo was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and Phil Steele in 2005 after leading the nation in passer rating (198.4) while completing 68 percent of his passes. He was also ranked third in total offense (3,840 yards), fifth in touchdown passes (31) and sixth in completion percentage.