Dak Versus Tony: A Meritocracy?

The Dallas Cowboys are 9-1 this year (a feat entirely unexpected after an early injury by Tony Romo in the preseason). 

I recently talked about going to a Cowboys practice, and how impressed I was with the attention to detail and precision they displayed.

Tony Romo's recent "concession speech" to rookie QB Dak Prescott is worth watching … Interesting, nuanced, and deep.


via NFL.

Romo covers his feelings of sadness and regret over his injuries, and addresses his position on the team, and acknowledges that Prescott has earned the right to "his spot."

You see football is a meritocracy. You aren't handed anything. You earn everything. Every single day, over and over again. You have to prove it. That's the way the NFL, that football works; you have to prove it.

There's a lot to learn from Romo's speech about humility, about putting others before you, and being a team player … Oh,  and also about meritocracy. 

The deck isn't always fair, but if you work harder and smarter than those around you, there's often a light at the end of the tunnel.

It's a reminder that you can't rest on your laurels. "Every single day, over and over again." winning is a habit, and you win with the time you put in before you ever step on a field.

Unhappy people find a way to be unhappy; losers find a way to lose – and winners find a way to win.

If you're standing still, you're moving backwards … Here is to moving forwards.


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