Posted February 19, 2014

LeBron James tells Tony Romo to tune out ESPN and other critics

Dallas Cowboys, NFC East
LeBron James tells Tony Romo to tune out ESPN and other critics

‘Just don’t care what everyone thinks’ LeBron James (left) told Tony Romo. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

LeBron James is no stranger to criticism (see: The Decision). So when the QB of his favorite football team is under fire, he’s happy to dole out some advice.

Tony Romo — who’s recovering from back surgery that kept him out of the Cowboys’ Week 17 game, a game that held playoff implications for Dallas — attended Tuesday’s Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks game and spoke with James, who knows how to deal with harsh opinions.

“Just don’t care what everybody thinks,” James said, when asked what his advice would be for Romo. “If you care about your craft and at the end of the day if you went out there and you gave it everything you had and you laid it out on the line for your teammates, you can sleep comfortably at night. Don’t watch ESPN and all these so-called ‘everyone knows what to do that ain’t never put on a uniform, trying to tell you what to do’ [shows].

“It’s not about that. I think Tony’s at a point now in his career where he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks we have in our game because of his work ethic. … We all make mistakes, but at the end of the day, if you work on your game, you can live with that.”

Beyond the untimely injury, Romo has gotten flack for his inability to win in December and January. But as Doug Farrar detailed in December, that reputation is overblown.

In November throughout his career, Romo has thrown 64 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, with a yards-per-attempt total of 8.15 and a passer rating of 105.5. In December, when he’s supposed to fall apart? He’s thrown 44 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions, with a YPA of 7.35. Yes, his numbers dip in December. You know whose numbers also dip in December? Tom Brady’s. Yes, the all-time cold-weather, postseason quarterback also experiences a slight decline in his numbers just as Santa is putting the finishing touches on his big annual ride. Difference is, he’s had more than a couple of postseason appearances because his teams have been built and coached at a very high level for the most part.

Romo was asked about his recovery from back surgery Tuesday, but wouldn’t discuss it with reporters.

10 comments
CousinVinny75
CousinVinny75

LeBron has some credibility on this topic because he's speaking from experience.  Remember how consumed LeBron was with what fans said after The Decision?  He tried to take on the persona of the villain, and it showed in his salty press-conference after the Heat lost to the Mavs and his horrific performance that Finals.


Although let's be honest, if it weren't for Ray Allen in Game 6 LeBron would be thought almost in the same vein of Tony Romo in clutch moments.


LeBron almost completely choked away the Heat's chances in that elimination game down the stretch.    


But good thing for LeBron, almost doesn't count in sports


And I guess on the other side, it's a bad thing for Tony Romo

chris.perfecta
chris.perfecta

Overrated how many times has rivers beat peyton and you want to talk about overrated you have to be a genius 

madcap.1
madcap.1

with that advise  i hope he told him to start looking for another job

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

But lets be honest. Romo isn't Lebron. Romo will always be a joke to everyone since they hate the Cowboys.

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

A top 5 rated qb in NFL history and people say he "sucks".  Gotta love todays "sports fan"

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

most overrated QBs in the nfl in 10 years


1. romo

2. cutler

3. rivers

nygiants56
nygiants56

"I think Tony’s at a point now in his career where he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks we have in our game..."  Seriously?  OK, he's a fan and fans say stupid things, but that's like me saying "Eli Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks we have on the NFL because he won 2 Super Bowls."  This guy just loves hearing himself talk. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@ChadCollins9  Passer rating isn't the best way of rating a QB. You can put up massive stats and throw a late INT to cost your team the game and still have a ridiculous passer rating. Romo doesn't suck, he just chokes and his performance is magnified because he's on the Cowboys.

jimnie
jimnie

@Anaximenes1 In your opinion only.  Those darn pesky "facts" get in your way?  Hate it when that happens.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@jimnie @Anaximenes1  

Romo has very good stats.  Unfortunately, his unforced errors at crucial points of big games create Cowboys losses.  He's 1-3 in the playoffs.  

He's the friend of an old acquaintance, and I've followed him sympathetically since he was a 3rd stringer.  

But enough is enough.  He's lousy in pressure situations.