IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys are 5-0 for the first time since 1983, and quarterback Tony Romo is at the center of all the hype. But, as Romo learned a few weeks ago, winning on the field doesn't guarantee smooth sailing off of the field.
Just days after Romo led the Cowboys to a 34-10 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field, his father Ramiro, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While the specific details of his condition are unknown, Romo says that his father's surgery is "coming up", a procedure certainly weighing heavily on his mind.
"[Parents getting sick] is part of getting older," a frustrated Romo told reporters here Friday after the Cowboys finished preparation for Sunday's meeting with New England at Texas Stadium (3:15 p.m. CDT). "It happens to a lot of people."
Romo briefly came into the locker room after practice on Friday, telling reporters he didn't want to talk. But the media persisted, wanting to know if the quarterback's mental toughness would be affected during Sunday's "Duel in Dallas."
"Football is football," Romo said. "When you get out on the field everything just kind of goes away. You just keep people in your prayers."
Romo insists that his six turnovers, including five interceptions, Monday night against the Bills had nothing to do with his dad's current condition, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones agrees.
"I can't say that I didn't expect from time to time to have some turnovers," Jones said in a press conference Friday at Valley Ranch. "I have felt that would happen. What I did see, which is what we all saw, was the ability to come back from that and in fact win a ball game. And I also saw that you can have turnovers, but if you have enough skill, and particularly at that position, you can have a lot of turnovers - more than any of us could have ever imagined - and still win the ball game."
As for this week's much-anticipated battle with the 5-0 Patriots, Jones isn't losing sleep over his starting quarterback's ability to complete his duties on the field.
"The seriousness of [Romo's] concern, we all understand," Jones said, taking a moment to compose his response. "I hope it will allow him to go about his business. My experience is that you do both: It really does affect you, you think about it and Romo had those same kinds of experiences. And you just have to, for the good of that person normally, you just have to zero in on going about your business.
"It wouldn't surprise me at all if at different points of the day his dad is on his mind. Hopefully with that in perspective, he can go on and play like he wants to play and like his dad wants him to play, I'm sure."
One thing is certain: Come Sunday, all eyes will be on Romo.
Edited by Martysb3tt3r, 13 October 2007 - 01:41 PM.