Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday he expects to excel as the team's starting quarterback for the next five years.
"Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says don't worry about next season with him.
"In fact, don't worry about the next five.
"And what's more, Romo, 34, said he will return from his second back surgery in as many offseasons not only as good as before but better than before.
"'There's no question in my mind, not only am I going to be able to make it through 16 games, I'll make it through another five years,' Romo said Wednesday in a radio interview on KRLD 105.3 The Fan.
"Romo added, 'I'm going to come back a better player than I've ever been.'
"It was the most extensive Romo has given about his rehab from back surgery in December, and he used the occasion to offer confidence about his recovery.
"He said he has been throwing, running and lifting weights and hopes to be 100 percent in another month.
"'Backs eventually just continue to get better and better and better, and all of a sudden you're 100 percent,' he said. 'We're coming up on that pretty soon.'
"'Within the next month, there's no question we'll be 100 percent. Hopefully it's in the next week or two, which is a viable and serious time that it could happen in.'
"'It could be another two or three weeks. We'll see. We'll be smart, but at the same time, we got to get to work.'"
Romo echoed the same sentiments in an interview with ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth's Todd Archer on May 21. Archer notes Romo's surgery last year was to remove a cyst from his back while this year's was for an aggravated back after a Week 16 triumph over their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins.
"I've got one job over the next five years and it's to get our team in position to win a championship. And anybody who knows me knows that I won't rest until that's done.
"I'm getting close. We're just going to be smart during the OTAs and have a little bit of a pitch count but we're going to go out there each day and try to do all that we can. The guys are working hard and doing great and I think we're going to be ready.
"A lot of it is going to be determined by how good I feel. Like any injury you go out and try to do everything, but if you have to throttle back then you do that or if you're feeling good you push forward.
"What you set up in the beginning is based on what you've been doing and from there you keep pressing and keep getting more and more done."
In a separate development, Romo told 105.3 The Fan (via David Helman of the Cowboys' official website) that he wasn't worried about Dallas drafting highly-touted quarterback Johnny Manziel.
"To hear it from him, Tony Romo's draft night experience was pretty similar to much of the Cowboys' fanbase.
"'I was actually with my family, and we were having a good cookout, and we watched the draft, the same as everybody else,' Romo told 105.3 The Fan in a radio interview on Wedensday.
"Where the story might differ, however, was Romo's reaction to the Cowboys' time on the clock when they made their 16th overall pick on May 8.
"With lightning rod quarterback Johnny Manziel there for the taking, the Cowboys' 10 minutes of deliberation will likely be remembered as some of the most suspenseful television in recent draft history.
"Watching the draft unfold from home, Romo said he wasn't as surprised by the decision to pass on Manziel for eventual draft pick Zack Martin as many might have been.
"'I think I might have had a little bit more information than some others about who we liked, and obviously the organization has people they put really high on their board and who they really like,' he said. 'I'm able to, walking through the halls, have that ability to talk to them a little bit.'"