The September GQ, with Barack Obama on the cover, features the, ugh, "Young Guns" of the National Football League -- such QBs as Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn and Ben Roethlisberger. But none of 'em gets the spread bestowed upon Tony Romo -- whose "exhilarating debut made America swoon again for the Dallas Cowboys," says the head, till he "fumbled a last-second snap and botched a storybook season," and thanks for the reminder. Some highlights after the jump.
His pregame "psych-up" song: Queen's "Under Pressure," though I don't believe it. Seems too, dunno, perfect for a story about a guy under center. And pressure. "The terror of knowing what this world's all about," indeed.
The writer of the story loves the name, which he italicizes for extra, roll-off-the-tongue emphasis: Tony Romo. As in: "It had a kind of onomatopoeic resonance, a suggestion of '70s-cop-show-swagger, very Erik Estrada." Or, apparently, Vince Ferragamo.
He's "merry." Which, according to the writer, is a very "Joe Namath-like quality." He's also "goofily attractive, with jug ears and the squinty grin of a fourth grader." The writer says that when Romo's out with Carrie Underwood, he looks like "her gawky prom date." Totally.
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There's some other stuff. But you're probably still looking at the picture. --Robert Wilonsky