Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is staying away from offseason golf for the third straight year.
Romo, 35, had separate surgeries to remove a cyst and a discectomy in 2013 and has since strayed from his off-season golf habit. He once tried to compete for the U.S. Open and is regarded as one of the top amateur golfers among professional athletes.
Romo also previously played pickup basketball and soccer to supplement his off-season conditioning.
“Well, I love football,” Romo said at Fashion’s First Down, a charity event directed by his wife, Candice, according to ESPN.com. “I think what you find is that you love the game of football so much that it’s easy to have other things take a backseat.”
Romo enjoyed a strong 2014, completing nearly 70% of his passes for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns and nice interceptions. He missed one game, a Week 9 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, after sustaining two transverse process fractures in his back the week prior.
Romo also said on Thursday that this off-season was the best he has had in two years.
“It’s a very fluid situation, as it was last year in that you have to do a good job making sure that you’re not leaving the day where you’ve hurt yourself for the next day or days,” he said.
“The further I get away from the surgery the stronger I get in a lot of areas. ... I’m working as hard as I can to ensure that I’m strengthening the areas that I need to be at my best, and right now it’s just been a good start in the off-season. I’ve been able to continue to build and grow.”
- Mike Fiammetta