Tony Romo walked into NRG Stadium like he owned the place — and then did the one thing he could do to annoy Houston Texans most.
He played nice. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys' lightning rod quarterback could not have been more annoyingly nice in his Duke fanboy trip to the Bayou City. Having long ago adopted Duke (because who doesn't love a front runner?) as his college basketball team, Romo came to cheer Mike Krzyzewski on to another Final Four.
The QB brought his own posse to Sunday's Elite Eight game in Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and tight end Jason Witten (not surprisingly, Dez Bryant apparently had cooler things to do). The trio was allowed into the stadium before the regular fans, which is a pretty standard celebrity perk. But once inside, Romo did not big time anyone.
He happily posed for photos with regular Duke fans. He made sure to come over and pay his respects to George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush — and even got several laughs out of the ex-president. He hobnobbed with CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Grant Hill, who is a devoted Cowboys fan because of his dad.
He does not attempt to make it all about Tony Romo. Instead, he lets kids like Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones have their moment.
And Romo did not even pull a Justin Bieber or a Drake after the game.
Romo didn't insert himself into the Duke locker room like Drake did after so many Kentucky wins last March. He did not hone in on the net cutting down ceremony. He does not attempt to make it all about Tony Romo.
Instead, he lets kids like Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones have their moment.
"I didn't even really notice him," Kentucky guard Matt Jones tells CultureMap when asked about Romo.
Tony Romo just left after the game like any other fan.
He said he didn't want to talk because he was just there to watch a game. As Sundays go, this was another win for Tony Romo. The silly talk of him being a jinx from Duke losses past even took a huge hit with the Blue Devils' rather matter of fact 66-52 brush back of Gonzaga.
Some guys just make it hard to hate.