Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/20/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
About a week ago we started this series on the NFL's most underrated quarterbacks by looking at San Francisco's Alex Smith; and next up is someone who took quite a different path to being under appreciated: the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo. Unlike Smith, Romo was not the first overall draft pick.  In fact, he was never picked at all in the 2003 Draft, and ended up signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent, where he was almost cut before the season even began. Unlike Smith, who spent his first couple seasons getting pummeled behind a poor offensive line, throwing way too many interceptions, and generally losing game after game; Romo spent all of '03, '04, and '05 on the bench behind Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe, respectively. Finally, in '06, Romo got his first start, winning the quarterback battle between him and Bledsoe and replacing him as the starter for the final ten games of the season.  The Cowboys would make the playoffs that year and be a 19-yard field...
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