Tony Romo Career Over? Troy Aikman Says Back Injury That Forced Romo Out for the Season Could Jeopardize His Future [VIDEO]
Tony Romo may have gone from trying to get himself healthy enough to play in today's NFC East title game to facing questions about whether he should retire.
The Dallas Morning News reported that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman went on a Dallas radio station and said that the Cowboys should have serious concerns about whether Romo, Dallas' recently shut-down quarterback, will ever play another game for the Cowboys.
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"There are a lot of people that believe the concussions led to my retirement, but nothing could be further from the truth," Aikman told SportsRadio KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket. "I then, nor now, have ever experienced anything that had to deal with the concussions. I had surgery back when I was 26. I was young when I had my first back surgery following our first Super Bowl victory and didn't miss any time for it.
"Then, going into my last year, I was having some back issues," Aikman said. "I took epidural shots, as I understand Tony (Romo) had this week, and the first time I took them was before the Jacksonville game that season in 2000, and I remember on the day of the game, waking up, and I'd never felt better for a game in my life. My back felt pain free for the first time in years. And in the first quarter, we completely turned Tony Brackens loose and he slammed me on the turf right flat on my back, and immediately, my back went into spasms. I was done for the day. So that good feeling lasted about half of a quarter. And I took shots the following week hoping that I could recapture the pain-free symptoms, and it never took again. So, that is why I retired."
The 33-year-old Romo, who will be 34 before the start of next season, will be in just the second year of a six-year, $108 million deal. But his back injury potentially could make that contract moot.
"I think it would be a concern of mine if I was with the Cowboys, having back surgery once again and at his age," Aikman said. "It could be a factor going forward as far as his performance."