Skip to main content

Peaceful Feelings


history, 41 vs. the Giants, in 2009. 

Most single-season 300-yard passing games in franchise history, eight, in 2009, to go with the seven he racked up in 2007 and the six in 2008, all giving him the top three single seasons in franchise history and the distinction of being the only quarterback in club history to total more than three, 300-yard passing games in a single season. 

Third highest single-season QB rating in franchise history, 97.6, in 2009, which is just .2 higher than the franchise's fourth best he posted in 2007. 

Most career 300-yard passing games in franchise history, 24, oh, by the way, 11 more than Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, and the only Cowboys quarterback to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games as he did in 2007. 

Highest Cowboys career QB rating among quarterbacks attempting at least 1,500 passes, 95.6. 

That enough? 

Wait, three more: 

His TDs-to-INTs ratio was 26-to-9, the first time in his career he threw more than twice as many touchdowns as interceptions, the gold standard for quarterbacks. 

Fourth best NFL winning record in the first 55 starts of a quarterback's career in the Super Bowl era, 38-17, behind just some guys named Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner, and at that just one game behind Roethlisberger and Warner, and four behind Brady's 42-13 mark. 

And here are Romo's combined numbers as a fulltime starter over the past three seasons: 958 of 1,520 (63 percent), 12,142 yards, 88 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a 95.67 QB rating. 

Those certainly are noise-reduction numbers. 

But don't think I don't know some of you have been foaming at the mouth reading this, probably bursting at the seams to say, aw come on, he's Danny White, he hasn't - can't - win a Super Bowl. What good is he? 

Did a little research just for you sorts in anticipation of such. So check this out for some sound perspective on this but he hasn't won a Super Bowl - yet - noise. 

In the Super Bowl era of the NFL, meaning from 1966-2009, like 44 seasons since Super Bowl XLV is being played this season at Cowboys Stadium, 403 quarterbacks have attempted at least 100 passes in the NFL; 170 have attempted at least 1,000 passes and 115 at least 1,800 passes, of which Romo is a member of that group since he now stands at 1,857 attempts. (Got that picture?) 

Having said that, only 70 quarterbacks in the 44-year history of the Super Bowl have ever attempted at least one pass in the championship game. That's it. 

And get this, in this 44-year history of the Super Bowl, only 28 quarterbacks ever have been able to win one of these gems, which includes two winning four (Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana), two winning three (Troy Aikman and Tom Brady) and six winning two (Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, John Elway and Ben Roethlisberger). Hmmm, seven of those guys are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two are still playing and only Plunkett has not found his way to Canton. 

In fact, of the 23 modern era quarterbacks already residing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, five playing in the SB era never won a Super Bowl (Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts, Warren Moon and Fran Tarkenton) and six others weren't still playing quarterback fulltime by 1966. 

As you see, slim pickings, and to think John Elway didn't win his two until the final two years of his 16-year career. And of the 34 quarterbacks to have played for the Cowboys in their 50-year history, just two have won Super Bowls, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman now residing in the Hall of Fame. Those two include the Cowboys in a group of seven franchises having won multiple Super Bowls with different starting quarterbacks. 

Let's see, Staubach played 11 years for the Cowboys, Aikman started for 12, Bradshaw played 14 for the Steelers, Bart Starr 16 for the Packers, Warren Moon played 17 NFL seasons, Joe Montana 16, Marino 17, Steve Young 15 and Brett Favre is contemplating playing his 19th season. 

Romo will be starting fulltime for his fourth season in 2010, seemingly rising above all the noise. Finally. 

Keep the peace.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.