Steve Austin, the Texas-born former WWE wrestling star, verbally body slammed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo during a podcast last week, when he questioned Romo's 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."
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Austin, known as "Stone Cold Steve Austin" to fans, favors the Cowboys but said he won't fully back the team until they're able to "get their s--- together."
"I just read in the newspaper that [Romo] was going to spend more Peyton Manning-like time in the film room," Austin added. "Now this is what, six, eight years into his career? He shoulda been doin' that from the get-go."
Romo, 33, is now entering his 10th season with the Cowboys. Romo recently signed a 6-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 key games.
One example of Romo's failure to perform was during a close 2008 Division playoff game against the New York Giants. Romo was leading his team to win the game, but with less than two minutes left on the clock, a ball he threw into the end zone was intercepted. The Giants beat the Cowboys 21 – 17.
During the NFC divisional round playoff game in 2009, Romo fumbled the ball three times, which led to two turnovers. He was also intercepted once and sacked six times.
The Cowboys lost the game to the number two seed, Minnesota Vikings, 34-3.
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