Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tony Romo says Brett Favre is in a class by himself

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM
Updated today at 2:58 PM

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo answered a lot of questions about Vikings quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday. Romo grew up idolizing Favre, at times even wanting to be like him. But his first memory of Favre was hard to recall.

"Gosh, I don't know when the first one was," Romo said. "There are a lot of them. He played a lot of games. "I was a Favre fan. I mean, I like the Broncos and Elway and I like Favre. It was a tough Super Bowl when they played against each other."

Romo and Favre's styles at quarterback have often compared many times, but the similarities may not be that many.

"Brett is in a class by himself, no one is really similar to him," Romo says. "A lot of people try to create similarities, but when he's done, you're not going to see a guy like him and that's a testament to how great he's been for so long in what he does."

Romo grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin and never imagined a scenario like the one on Sunday when the quarterbacks face each other for the right to play in the NFC Championship game.

This past season, Romo seemed to take some the Favre tendencies out of his game, throwing 26 touchdowns with just nine interceptions. So did he take some of the Favre tendencies out of his game?

"I think you'd want to have some with the season he's had," Romo says. "He's played outstanding football this year and he's allowed that team to take another step. It's been a joy for a lot of people to watch him play this year."

Favre on the other hand tossed 33 touchdowns while allowing just six interceptions.

"He takes chances when he things it's a healthy chance. I don't think he randomly throws the ball up in the air," Romo says.

Now and then, Romo does get a chance to hang out with Favre and pick his brain about the game, but he won't share what those conversation have been about.

Favre even called Romo to offer encouragement when he was injured in 2008.
"First, it's going to be a great challenge for us to go up there and play against him and try to beat them," Romo says. "We talk about a lot of different stuff but I don't want to share that right now. I'm always studying quarterbacks just in general. I've learned some different things over the years that you can use, or tried. That's just part of the process of growing I think.