Here’s what Tony Romo—who I really like and who I think it’s going to be an outstanding quarterback for years to come, assuming (as I am) that he’s able to overcome the crushing emotional burden his fumbled hold has undoubtedly laid upon his psyche—should say in Hawaii:
“I’m so honored and happy to be here—this has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy—and I can’t thank the voters enough. To look around and see I'll be taking the field with the greatest players in the game…it’s overwhelming.
“But for me to be here and Tom Brady not to be? A guy who’s a lock for the Hall of Fame after just six seasons, who’s won three Super Bowls, being named MVP of the Super Bowl twice, and who this season had one of his finest years yet with his weakest set of receivers ever? A guy who’s one of the top five quarterbacks in the league even on what passes for a bad year by his standards?
“He doesn’t have the arm of Leftwich or Palmer or prime Favre, he can’t run like Vick or Young or prime McNabb, and he certainly doesn’t have the HoF receivers Peyton Manning’s got. All he is is a Team First guy who’s got Manning’s football smarts, and an unsurpassed ability to win when it counts most.
“And he got shut out? He got shut out. And yet here I am.
“Well, what can you say? This entire situation is only slightly more absurd than Paris Hilton being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Or maybe Ambassador to the UN.
“Oh, but, uh…thanks.”