Many NFL quarterbacks have coined signature moves or gestures they use on the field to call signals or celebrate touchdowns. Apparently Tony Romo is stealing someone else’s signature move rather than making one up on his own.
Reportedly, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been spotted on the practice field copying Aaron Rodgers’ classic “discount double check” move.
Romo has ditched last season’s practice terms “Detroit” and “Miller Lite” and has taken to doing Rodgers’ gesture along with shouting out “Parcells!” For those wondering why, head coach Jason Garrett gave this explanation:
“It’s a collective thing,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said (via The Dallas Morning News). “Ultimately [offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan does. Scott has done a great job making some of that stuff very systematic where it makes sense to everybody. Those things are always changing, too. The importance of understanding what that language is and communicating well is critical. It’s a collaborative effort. But Scott’s responsible for it.”
Garrett also explained that those signals have been in the league for quite some but the increased practice of using no-huddle offenses has the signals occurring more often.
Garrett was also asked if the pre-snap calls go back to when Pudge Heffelfinger played football professionally in the late 1800’s for which the coach responded:
“I don’t know what they were doing back then with Pudge,” Garrett said of the player he often mentions. “I need to do a study on that.”
Let’s just hope that Romo doesn’t rip off Peyton Manning’s signature “Omaha” call. We shudder at the thought of hearing that word being shouted another 5,000 times over the course of the upcoming NFL season.