Tony Romo and Troy Aikman both played many a Thanksgiving Day game for the Dallas Cowboys. These days, they both spend Thanksgiving on your television screens in a different way.
Romo is the color commentator for CBS’ top NFL broadcast team with Jim Nantz, while Aikman is the color guy for Fox’s top NFL broadcast crew with Joe Buck. Together, they’ll be keeping the Cowboys QB quotient on your 2020 Thanksgiving at a very high level. Romo and Nantz call the early game, Texans at Lions, while Aikman gets his old team, Cowboys vs. Washington. It’s sure to come up that Romo and Aikman both played a lot of Thanksgiving games themselves, and they were pretty good on Turkey Day.
Here’s a look at some of the notable Thanksgiving achievements of Romo and Aikman as quarterbacks.
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Tony Romo Thanksgiving stats
- Passing yards: 2,338 (second all-time)
- Passing TDs: 18 (most all-time, one ahead of still-active Matthew Stafford)
Tony Romo notable Thanksgiving performances
This was Romo’s Thanksgiving debut, and he didn’t disappoint. He threw five touchdowns, matching a record held by Aikman and four others. The Cowboys routed the Buccaneers, 38-10.
“The sky is the limit for the guy,” Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens said after the game. “He’s poised back there in the pocket. He makes things happen on the run. He makes great decisions and he’s managing the game. He’s exceeding expectations right now.”
This was a loss, and Romo threw two interceptions, but it was also his highest passing-yardage total on Thanksgiving in his career. He threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-31 loss to Washington. That marks the third-highest single-game passing yardage total on Thanksgiving.
Romo entered this game with a stomach virus and didn’t play all that well. But he found his groove in the second half, completing all 12 of his passes after the break. The Cowboys beat the Raiders, 31-24.
“He kind of put on that Michael Jordan, that is sick and sticking it out and pulling this W out for us,” wide receiver Dez Bryant said afterward.
Troy Aikman Thanksgiving stats
- Passing yards: 2,174 (third all-time)
- Passing TDs: 11
Troy Aikman notable Thanksgiving performances
Aikman recently told the Dallas Morning News that this is one of his favorite Thanksgiving game memories, so it gets the nod here. Dallas was only 4-7 entering a matchup with Washington, but the Cowboys were coming off a win the week before and beat Washington 27-17 behind 222 yards and a touchdown from Aikman.
It was the middle of a four-game winning streak for Dallas which carried over into the following season when the Cowboys went 11-5 and got their Aikman-Smith-Irvin era started in earnest.
Aikman set a record in 1998 that still stands to this day, throwing for a Thanksgiving-high 455 passing yards. He only got one touchdown out of the chucking, though, and Dallas lost 46-36 Minnesota.