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Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to play a Roger Staubach-like role with the Dallas Cowboys and has paid him accordingly.

“I’m a Tony Romo fan. Obviously there are people that are right with me and others that say, Roger, you know.,” Staubach said in an interview with Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan recently (via the Dallas Morning News). “Well, I just look at it. I just have a feel. I had a feel when Troy Aikman came to this team. That’s the first time I had a feel other than when Danny White left. Danny White was a really good quarterback, by the way, and I don’t think we had a quarterback again that walked onto the field [and] you said, ‘Hey, we’re going to win this game,’ until Troy Aikman. Troy Aikman was phenomenal.

“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.”

So he really, really likes Tony Romo and doesn’t think the Cowboys are headed for a dismal season.

“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.”

Let’s not mention that bobbled snap.

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