Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 8/29/12

Since entering the national spotlight, Tony Romo has garnered more criticism than arguably any other NFL player. It's not easy playing in a major media market and inheriting the torch from Hall of Famer (and three-time Super Bowl champion) Troy Aikman.

Romo has learned that the hard way.

However, he does have a few supporters in his corner. In June, tight end Jason Witten declared Romo an "elite" quarterback, capable of competing for a championship.

Now those same sentiments are being echoed by a familiar name in Cowboys lore.

Speaking at PwC-SMU Athletic Forum on Wednesday, former coach Jimmy Johnson gushed about his "love" for Romo, saying the 32-year-old will one day bring a title back to Big D.

“The guy is a great quarterback,” Johnson said, via ESPNDallas.com. “You’ve got to win the ring to get it done. I think Romo can get it done. I love Tony Romo.”

Ironically, these comments come on the same day a new Romo advertisement campaign began. In the ad, he acknowledges the flak he's received and fires back at skeptics.

"People focus on what we haven't accomplished," Romo says. "They focus on mistakes, the near misses, the heartbreaks. People say we haven't succeeded. People say we haven't won a championship. People critique our lives. People say we get too much praise.

“People are focused on what we haven't done. That’s what I’m focused on, too.”

Johnson added that Romo "catches more undeserved abuse" than any other player, which is true considering he threw for 31 touchdowns last year and is on pace to shatter team records this season.

Unfortunately, those with an opinion are unlikely to be swayed. Until Romo hoists the Lombardi Trophy -- or, at least, advances past the Divisional Round -- he will always be viewed in the same light.

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