You weren't the only one tired of hearing analysts and commentators fawn over Tony Romo's performance on "Monday Night Football." Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was equally sick of the Romo lovefest. He told ESPN 980's John Thompson Show about it on Tuesday. (Transcription via D.C. Sports Bog.)
"To me they blown it way out of proportion. [...] I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he's a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is."
And he didn't even have listen to the ESPN broadcast where Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden acted like Romo was storming the beach at Normandy!
Romo is tougher than you or I. And, to his credit, he didn't play up the injury when talking to reporters, nor engage in that fake-wincing thing after every incompletion like Kobe Bryant does when he's hurt and misses a jump shot. All the praise of his gutsiness and fearlessness was a little over the top, though. Let's save that talk for the real heroes, like Derek Jeter.