Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hasn’t played football since 2016, but that didn’t stop an ex-teammate from ripping him to shreds.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher had some things to get off his chest and decided to make Tony Romo and Jason Garrett the two people to target during a radio interview Tuesday, accusing the former quarterback of only caring about himself, according to the Star-Telegram.
“Romo didn’t have the it factor to make people around him better,” Hatcher said on 105.3 The Fan, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think when I was there he thought he was bigger than the team. It was like Romo and then the team. Like nobody in the locker room is really going to respect you like that. I really don’t respect him as a player based on what he did to the team where a lot of people didn’t see.
“He was a great player and got all the numbers and stuff, but I’ll take Dak over Romo any day because Dak has the ability to make people around him better. You’ll run through a wall for Dak but Romo, hell no.”
“Romo was feeling like he was a Brett Favre and I’m like ‘dude, you ain’t do nothing. What have you done? You got your own space that you leave [and] don’t come in the locker room an interact with your teammates, but you call yourself a leader?’ Nah, partner. It don’t work like that,’” Hatcher said. “He’s got great numbers, but he’s had so many opportunities. Like if I was a G.M., Romo do not have the ability to make people around him want to play for him.”
It should be noted that Hatcher never played with Dak.
He also took Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to task, claiming Garrett sabotaged Wade Phillips so he could take over as head coach.
“Let me tell you something. I’m going to tell you the truth. I saw Jason Garrett sabotage this man,” Hatcher said. “We ran three plays, three freaking plays [with Phillips as head coach].
“. . .When you know the truth and what’s going on, you’re like ‘why the hell are we running three plays on offense?’ And then, to know the truth after Wade get fired, you open up the playbook and we start scoring points?”
Garrett would go on to replace Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season after a 1-7 start. The Cowboys would go on to finish the year 5-3 after Garrett took over.