At golf, anyway.
But maybe that carries over into football, and maybe Tony actually did make some big strides last Thursday in the performance-under-pressure department.
In attempting to qualify for golf's U.S. Open, Romo needed to birdie three of the four final holes to get into a playoff. That's exactly what he did. And in a three-hole playoff, he outlasted one other guy by making a par on the 10th, and now he's one step closer to teeing it up at Pebble Beach in June.
If Romo can advance through sectionals June 7, he'll be in the U.S. Open, right there alongside Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and everyone else who counts themselves among the best golfers in the world.
So, let's apply this to football. You first, Tony (via the Dallas Morning News):
"It's nice to know that you can do things and get your blood pressure and emotions under control in this situation and still do good things," Romo said. "And that carries over to football, and I try to use the way you think, the way you breathe, all those things in football and it's just another tool to help you get better."
Please chime in, fellow pro athlete/recreational golfer Charles Barkley (again, via DMN):
"The level of concentration it takes to get through all the qualifiers, I think it probably does make him a better football player. And from a common sense standpoint, clearly he’s under a tremendous amount of pressure, so I think it would help him in football, more than anything. The level of concentration, the stuff he has to go through on a golf course and attention to detail, I think it really does help in football and he’ll probably tell you that."
Not that I'll ever do anything near the level where Tony Romo(notes) plays football or golf, but I think Charles is right about the pressure. Even though golf and football require slightly different physical skill sets, being able to focus yourself and perform under extreme pressure applies pretty much universally. If you can do it in one part of your life, chances are pretty good that you can do it in another.
Keep your game sharp, Mr. Romo. It would be kind of awesome to see you playing on Thursday and Friday in a group with Tiger Woods.