Tony Romo kicking golf? Dallas Cowboys QB says he hasn't played in over year

Eric Edholm
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Round Three
PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 9, 2013 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

For years, Dallas Cowboys fans begged Tony Romo to stop playing golf so much in the offseason, believing it took away from his improvement as a quarterback. They might now have gotten their wish.

Romo has said that he hasn't played golf now since having the first of his two recent back procedures, which occured in April 2013.

“It’s been awhile,” Romo said. “Almost a year and a half.’’

In the lesser of the two procedures, Romo had a cyst removed from his back last April and then had his herniated lumbar disk repaired in December. Romo expects to be full go when training camp rolls around at the end of this month despite being limited during offseason workouts up until now.

“Sometimes you put yourself in a tough position when coming off a surgery,” Romo said. “That’s why we have a pitch count with me throwing and why we do it that way.”

Romo says the golf bug bit him when he was eight years old and received his first set of clubs, going on to bust his neighbors' window with an errant shot. He since has honed his game a bit.

For years, the scratch-golfing Romo tried to qualify for the U.S. Open but failed to do so. The Cowboys routinely said they did not care that Romo was an avid golfer and that it did not interfere with his football activities. 

Fans disagreed —and now Romo has taken the smart route and tried to prevent the major torque of a golf swing from re-injuring his back, with perhaps only a few years left of football at age 34 and a history of ailments.

“You’ve got to get yourself healthy then figure out where you’re at and go from there for everything,’’ Romo said. “It’s not just golf. It’s a way you live life.

“I don’t think about it as [giving up] golf. It’s just life. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed on the football field.’’

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