Jessica Simpson bought Tony Romo a $100k boat for his birthday this spring. He returned the favor by unceremoniously dumping her last Thursday, the eve of her 29th birthday. At least she wasn’t turning 30.
Big Bill’s parting advice to Romo (as part of his 11 Quarterback Commandments) was not to be a celebrity quarterback – advice flatly ignored for the past two seasons. It started slowly enough with a few country singers here, a few starlets there, but all of a sudden Romo was getting more time in People than in Sports Illustrated, and when the smoke cleared it was Romo and Simpson together.
From a fan’s perspective, Romo’s relationship with the former Newlywed star was a disaster from the start. Who can forget Jessica’s Cowboy debut? Sporting a pink #9 jersey, she watched her man fall apart against the Eagles and promptly became everyone’s favorite scapegoat. Hey, at least it improved her fan club memberships in NY and Philadelphia.
Next came the public relations nightmare of the pre-playoff Mexican vacation followed by a heart wrenching loss. Romo just hasn’t seemed the same since, which brings us back to the main point.
While many fans are speculating that this move will return Romo’s focus to more important matters, i.e. Dallas Cowboys Football, the truer statement might be that all of Romo’s excuses are merely gone. No more Jessica, no more TO, no more arguing over whose team it is. Romo stands alone this year to prove what kind of NFL quarterback he is truly going to be.