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Sean Payton: I was a better college quarterback than Tony Romo (video)


New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo have an interesting shared history. Payton was Bill Parcells’ assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach on the Cowboys staff from 2003-2005, so even though rookie Tony Romo didn’t play in a single game during the 2005 season, the young quarterback obviously received from coaching for Payton.

But their history goes back even further. Both Romo and Payton were star quarterbacks for the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Payton was making an appearance on Jim Rome’s show on Showtime (an episode that premiered on Wednesday evening), conveniently named, “Rome,” during which the host asked the Saints head coach who the better college quarterback, him or Romo.

Without barely skipping a beat, the Saints coach responded.

“Payton — wasn’t close,” he said. “Just look at the numbers. I don’t know that Tony’s even graduated from Eastern yet.”


And if the numbers are reviewed, Payton may be right. For instance, as Rome mentions, Payton holds the school record for most passing yards in a game — 509 — a record that still stands.

Some may even argue — albeit in jest (hopefully) — that Payton, if he had been given the chance (Payton spent one NFL season on the roster of the Chicago Bears), would have made a better NFL quarterback, too. But that’s an argument for another time. Let’s see what Romo does this season.

[[H/T Eye on Football]