The week of the NFL Draft, Tony Romo caught up with the media for the first time since the end of the season, with the most noteworthy topic being his future, specifically how long he wants to continue playing.
While he was somewhat elusive of the question, Romo did let on that he doesn't believe the end is near, at all.
The quarterback position, unlike most others, is one at which players can succeed well into the 30s. Now that Romo is 32, there's no reason to believe he doesn't have a solid five years or more remaining.
There are a couple guys on the staff from whom Romo can learn some things about extending his career, head coach Jason Garrett and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, both of whom were backups for significant portions of their career.
Still, Wilson played 18 years in the NFL and believes quarterbacks can not only stick around the league as they approach 40, but continue to improve.
"If you take good care of yourself and you're not too beat up," Wilson says. "Tony takes great care of himself with his conditioning and his off-football sports, soccer and basketball and those kinds of things, I think it helps him on the football field. And you can certainly get a great understanding of what the defenses are trying to do, so anything that you lose physically, you can make up for it mentally."
Injuries have come more frequently for Romo lately, but he avoided them early in his career, not stepping foot on the field as a quarterback until Year 4.
"I've seen some guys 32 that look like they're 25, and vice versa," Wilson said. "I think if you take care of yourself, there's no reason he shouldn't be productive for a lot more years."