Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Oct 2005

Romo Cops to Cheap Shots, Roids

Plugging his new book, Bill Romanowski will appear on 60 Minutes after Sunday's games and acknowledge that he broke Dave Meggett's finger on purpose and took steroids. He says he regrets hurting Meggett, but he's still proud of the hit that broke Kerry Collins's jaw. He also says he suffered many concussions and has cognitive impairment as a result.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 13 Oct 2005

21 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2005, 1:50am by Jim A


by Trogdor (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 6:15pm

I'll be perfectly happy not reading his book.

by JonL (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 6:16pm

Methinks he had cognitive impairment before he hit Collins.

by Carl (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 6:17pm

With all that "cognitive impairment," I wonder if he can read his own book.

by C (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 6:37pm

Well, he sure as hell didn't "write" the book either.

by marc (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 6:41pm

"I’ll be perfectly happy not reading his book."
I'll probably get it from the library eventually. I generally don't buy them, but football autobiographies are great because it's something I'm interested in that I can read in 1 or 2 nights.

by bobman (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 7:19pm

There are SO MANY books ahead of this one on the must-read stack: re-read all the Harry Potter books, ditto for the Lemony Snicket series, Federal Tax Code 2000 through 2005, try to get through Proust one last time, read Ann Coulter backwards to see if she finally makes sense or tells the truth, then finally Romo.
Like so many overhyped products, it's one the world can surely do happily without. And in six weeks, the world will pretty much have forgotten about it.
As it should be.

by Tim (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 7:23pm

I'm pretty sure Bill Romanowski is the reason I hate the Raiders. Not that that's entirely fair or rational since he played the lion's share of his career elsewhere, but I knew him best as a Raider, and for me he just personifies the Raider personality.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 7:40pm

There are SO MANY books ahead of this one on the must-read stack:

you forgot the Koran and the Manhattan Yellow Pages

(and no, Ann Coulter is no more readable backwards or sideways...

though I haven't tried completely randomizing the words)

by Joey (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 9:16pm

Had a friend who used to be Romo's personal chef. She said he and his wife were really nice. And, as far as I know, she left his employ without him getting any fraudultent prescriptions in her name, which is sweet.

by Theo (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 10:40pm

Hey. I play, and I know how hard it is. I'm just playing for fun, but the bottom line is that (and this could be in italics, all calps, highlighted in red) it is stil: putting youre life in danger for someone else or the team.

Anyone who reads these analysis should judge by themselves "these guys literally put their lives at sake just to let their teams win". That includes everyone.
Romo did something everone hates him for. He cheated.
I dont care to lose, as long as you are better.

When I see you cheat, I hate you for every inch that you are.
Still I resprect the fact that you took evrything in your reacht to win. That makes a great player, but a horrible loser.

by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 10:48pm

Romanowski didn't seem so evil when he played for the 49ers.

For some reason I always remember him getting an interception in a Super Bowl while face guarding. He had his arms in the air and the ball kind've landed in his arm. This was when face guarding was illegal, so he was called for PI... I always thought it was a BS call.

I didn't hate him, probably because I didn't pay attention to the AFC that much.

by thad (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 11:24pm

That play was incredible.
For those of you that didn't see it Romo is in the back of the end zone covering a guy with his back to the qb and a hand in the recievers face. He is totally face guarding, not even pretending to look back at the ball. The ball hits Romo in the back of the hand, rolls, almost softly, down his arm. The ball falls slowly enough so Romo is able to recover and tuck the ball into his body reaaly nicely. You know on two seperate occasions i saw Mel Blout make a one handed int on the sideline while keeping both feet in. Romo's int wasn't as good as those, but it was a helluva play

by Jim A (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 2:29am

I wonder if this book might end up being the football equivalent of Jose Canseco's book.

by Brian (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 2:31am

Least. Surprising. Headline. Ever.

by Jesus (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 9:37am

Romo was always one of my favorite football players.. he was tough, he gave 100%, and he could bring the pain.
Kind of like Ronnie Lott.

by Noble (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 12:06pm

...why did I immediately think of Tony Romo when I saw the headline?

by OMO (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 2:41pm

Romo took roids?

Come on.

Next thing you people will be telling me is that Michael Jackson has had plastic surgery.

(shakes head in disbelief)

by Carl (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 3:53pm

"I wonder if this book might end up being the football equivalent of Jose Canseco’s book."

Steve Courson did that for football about 10 years ago, JimA. And Steve is a really, really nice guy, which makes it easier to feel some compassion.

by NF (not verified) :: Fri, 10/14/2005 - 11:26pm

"Plugging his new book, Bill Romanowski will appear on 60 Minutes after Sunday’s games and acknowledge that he broke Dave Meggett’s finger on purpose and took steroids. He says he regrets hurting Meggett, but he’s still proud of the hit that broke Kerry Collins’s jaw."

Am I the only person who's pissed that this scumbag will be on 60 Minutes? And I have no hesitation in calling this guy a scumbag. If you dispute this, you're disputing that someone who deliberately broke another player's finger, and is proud of a sack that resulted in a broken jaw for the QB, is not a bad person. What he did and his attitude towards it is absolutely contrary to the entire ethics of football sportsmanship.

by Jim A (not verified) :: Sat, 10/15/2005 - 1:41am

Couple of big differences about Steve Courson's book. As you point out, he's a nice guy and comes across as such. And he's also come out against steroids and regrets taking them because of what he believes it did to his body. Canseco actually advocates steroid use when used properly. I was also referring to the sentiment expressed in comment #1 and others. For several years Canseco did interviews referring to the book he promised to write, about how it would blow everybody away, and people all thought of him as some sort of washed up wacko who would say anything to get money and attention. People tried to ignore his book, but it ended up being a best seller and the impetus for congressional hearings and major scandals (not to mention mass hysteria among the media). The Rafael Palmeiro positive test gave Canseco something most thought impossible: a shred of credibility, something which Romo is also sorely lacking.

by Jim A (not verified) :: Sat, 10/15/2005 - 1:50am

Just wanted to point out that the Seattle Times recently ran an excellent multi part series on steroids in sports (linked). Will Carroll is quoted in one of the articles.