Charlie Waters: Romo Got Wally Pipped

At this point, Tony Romo’s health is more or less irrelevant. A few months ago, that wouldn’t have been the case. But now that Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys (8-1) to eight straight wins? Yeah, it more or less is.

“It happens,” Cowboys legend Charlie Waters said on CBS Sports Radio’s Sunday Morning Football. “It happens in all professional sports. That’s why we call it professional sports. We got to win. That’s the only thing that matters. The hot hand, the best player that’s capable of winning – ‘Hey, you’re our starter until you can’t perform at the same level as the person who’s pushing you.’ Maybe they will give Tony a chance to see if he’s playing as well as Dak at this time, but I doubt it. That guy is wise beyond his years. He’s mature, he’s physical, he makes great decisions and he’s accurate with his passes. He’s not careless at all, and he’s a leader. He’s got every intangible going for him. Tony Romo has had a tremendous career and overcame so many negative things. He was a free agent and ends up being one of the best statistically rated quarterbacks in Cowboys history, which is quite a rich history of quarterbacks. But let me tell you something: I don’t think you take Dak out of there. You just can’t do it. It’s kind of like the Wally Pipp Syndrome.”

Pipp, of course, is the infamous Yankee who missed a game during the 1925 season. Lou Gehrig started in his place, thus beginning a streak of 2,130 consecutive games.

“They might start calling it Tony Romo instead of Wally Pipp,” Waters said, laughing. “I just don’t know how to defense (Prescott) at this point in time. We don’t see many flaws in him. I got a feeling those coaches look at him a heck of a lot more than we do. So I think if it’s going to be a controversy, it’s going to be ended pretty soon. It’s been a long time since we’ve had such dominant, dominant quarterbacks.”

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