Steve Austin, the Texas-born former WWE wrestling star, verbally body slammed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo during a podcast last week in which he questioned his ability to lead his team and perform well under pressure.
"My problem with Dallas is I think Tony Romo is a damn good quarterback, but he s— the bed at the most inopportune times," Austin said on "The Steve Austin Show." So when I look for leadership, I can’t say that Tony Romo is the clear cut leader."
Though he appears to favor the Cowboys, the 48-year-old Austin, known as "Stone Cold" among wrestling fans, told his podcast listeners that he has trouble fully backing the team until they're able to "get their s— together."
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"I just read in the newspaper that [Romo] was going to spend more Peyton Manning-like time in the film room," added Austin. "Now this is what, six, eight years into his career? He shoulda been doin' that from the get-go."
The 33-year-old Romo is now entering his 10th season with the Cowboys. Romo recently signed six-year extension worth $108 million, with 55 million guaranteed and $25 million in bonuses.
"I think he's finally understanding what the game is about," Austin added. "He's inherently accurate, he's got a quick release, he doesn't have the strongest arm in the world but he can damn sure throw it. So he just needs to do some brain work."
Romo has long been criticized for his less than impressive performances under pressure at crucial times during multiple key games.
One example of Romo's failure to perform in the clutch was during the 2008 Division playoff game against the New York Giants when Romo appeared to be leading his team to a come-from-behind win only to throw an end zone interception with less than two minutes on the clock. The Giants went on to beat the Cowboys 21-17.
In the 2009 season during the NFC divisional round playoff game, Romo fumbled the ball three times leading to two turnovers, had one intercepted pass, and was sacked six times.
The Cowboys lost the game to the No. 2 seed Minnesota Vikings 34-3.
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