Three years later, Drew Bledsoe was the Dallas starting quarterback in 2006, until he was replaced by Romo. The Cowboys proceeded to reach the playoffs, where they famously flamed out against the Seahawks when Romo couldn't handle the snap on a field goal attempt.
Since then, there have been two other trips to the NFL postseason with Romo at the helm, but still no Super Bowl championship for the Cowboys.
Fast forward to 2011 and Romo has Cowboy fans and former Cowboys up in arms over his roller coaster performance so far this season. Former Dallas defensive back and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has blasted Romo for giving up a pair of interceptions for touchdowns to the Lions on Sunday.
"Sooner or later," Sanders said, "we’ve just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy’s is the guy to get you over the hump, and say, 'You know what? This guy is always going to be great statistically, but he’s not that guy that can take you to where you want to go.' And that’s the Super Bowl."
The Cowboys led Detroit by 24 points, but eventually lost, 34-30. They are now 2-2 on the season, including a late-game loss to the Jets on the season's opening weekend.
“However we go, we go with Tony,” Jones said. “As Tony goes, we’ll go.”
[Editor's note: The original version of this story misstated Romo's alma mater.]