Tony Romo had season-ending back surgery this week, and now there are some that think the injury could present major problems for Romo in the future. CBS Sports reports that Hall of Famer and former Dallas QB Troy Aikman spoke up and said that Romo’s injury could be a major factor moving forward.
“There are a lot of people that believe the concussions led to my retirement, but nothing could be further from the truth. 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. 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.”
“I think it would be a concern of mine if I was with the Cowboys, having back surgery once again and at his age. It could be a factor going forward as far as his performance.”
Aikman definitely has a good point. Romo is now 33 years old and has had two back surgeries. Meanwhile, Jerry Jones has said he won’t be using a high round draft pick to get a quarterback, but this is definitely something he needs to consider.