Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Trivia

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Quarterback Tony...

ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 20-7 at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Romo hurt his right hand in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the game. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

While awaiting Wednesday’s game against the Giants, here are a few trivia items about past and current Cowboy quarterbacks.


The Cowboys went through a number of backup quarterbacks during the 1990s, but the team also enjoyed the lengthy service of starter Troy Aikman and a backup named Jason Garrett. Although he was often the third-stringer, Garrett lasted in Dallas for seven years, playing in 25 games and starting 9. He had a 6-3 record as a starter.

Do you know how many Dallas quarterbacks have played more than four seasons since 2000, which was Aikman’s last year in the NFL?

One. Tony Romo is entering his 8th year with Dallas. Thirteen other quarterbacks have played at least one game for the Cowboys since 2000, and only Romo has lasted longer than four seasons. Clint Stoerner was a backup during four seasons but only played in six games.

Three QBs lasted three seasons, and among these were Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee. Both were on the team last year, but Kitna retired and McGee was released on Saturday.

The only other QB to last at least three seasons during that time was Quincy Carter.

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New backup QB Kyle Orton is playing for his fourth NFL team in 2012. He has not lasted more than three season at any previous stop (Chicago, Denver, Kansas City).

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Barring injury, Romo will move up to #2 on the team’s all-time list for passing yards. He needs 1,125 yards to pass Danny White and 1,866 to pass Roger Staubach.

Do you know what his career QB rating is compared with the other Cowboy greats?

With Romo’s career rating of 96.9, it’s not even close. Staubach’s career rating was 83.4, which was better than White (81.7), Aikman (81.6), or any of the others. Romo’s is 96.9.

In fact, Romo had the highest rating of his career in 2011, posting a mark of 102.5 despite the team’s numerous problems.

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It is very possible that Romo will finish the season with the most career TDs in team history. He has 149 right now and will need 17 to surpass Aikman. He needs only 7 to surpass both White and Staubach.

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