Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/26/13

The relationship between Tony Romo and Cowboys fans is the epitome of love-hate. When Big D wins, Romo is a hero. When they lose, he's the goat. No exceptions.

Former Cowboys great Roger Staubach has a (long) message to these same fans: Learn to love and cherish Romo, because "we're lucky to have" a "championship quarterback."

“I’m a Tony Romo fan," Staubach said in a recent radio interview, via the Dallas Morning News. "Obviously there are people that are right with me and others that say Roger, you know. Well, I just look at it. I just have a feel. I had a feel when Troy Aikman came to this team. I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback. He can take a team to a championship. He can’t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it. I just see what he does on the field, the plays he makes, the throws he makes, the sense that he has to move in the pocket so I’m pulling really hard for Tony because I really believe he is one heck of a quarterback, and that’s a feeling from somebody that I didn’t say that about any other quarterbacks except for Troy Aikman. I think Tony is the right quarterback, and we’re lucky to have Tony Romo.”

Staubach also believes there's reason for hope in 2013.

“I think there is hope in many of the seasons we’ve had since Troy’s days in the 90s. We had the 13-3 year and we lost to the Giants in that opening playoff game so we’ve had kind of rough roll. But there is 10-12 teams this year that have a shot at it, and Dallas will have a shot at it. When you’re 8-8, you can be 10-6. The Giants a few years ago were 7-7 and ended up 9-7 and got to the Super Bowl. Last year, Baltimore was kind of hurting at the end of the year. If Dez Bryant doesn’t have two fingers out of bounds, who knows so at least I think Dallas has got the talent to be competitive with the league. We have hope that we can get to the playoffs and once you’re in the playoffs, anything can happen.”

Truth is, Romo will continue to be criticized, scrutinized, and all other iterations of "ized" until his play is consistent, and, ultimately, delivers Dallas another Super Bowl title. It's good that Romo has someone like Staubach in his corner, but the Hall of Famer's words will fall on deaf ears in the here and now.

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