One is 23 and heading into the prime of his pro football career, the other is 34 and coming off of season ending back surgery, but Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and left tackle Tyron Smith are inextricably linked from here out. Romo needs Smith's protection if he wants to play into his late 30's and Jerry Jones today set up Tyron to do just that.Tyron Smith says "This contract means I'm committing here, to make me a Cowboy for life, andI'm glad to be here."Cowboy for life and set for life!, an 8 year extension added on to the 2 years he has left on his current deal, total dollars, 108 mil, 40 guaranteed, all the way through the year 2023! Tyron Smith could've signed a shorter deal, but felt loyalty to the Cowboys & Jerry Jones.Smith says "You know, I looked at the contract, considered it, and you know, the Jones family basically looked out for me through everything that happened in the past, and I just wanted to look out for them, getting this deal done."But don't expect this gentle giant to change with the money, he says he'll remain the player his teammates know and love.Smith says " I really don't need much right now, I have everything I need, I couldn't ask for more."Tony Romo says "Well now I think it's going to be Tyron taking care of us. I'm so happy for him, he deserves everything he got, at the same time, I don't know that he's overpaid either, because he's that good."Smith will have to be that good, because the number of blind side shots Tony Romo's back can take after offseason surgery is as limited as the reps he'll be taking early in this camp.Romo says "I'm 100 percent, it's just they're going to have me sit out more than I'd probably want to. If it was up to me, you know, I'm going to go and do everything, and then just all of a sudden, you're done!"While Romo admits he'll never be the same after the surgery, he insists he can still be even more successful with the right regimen. And that can't be any tougher than it was being a dad this past spring."Early on after surgery, you can't really pick up your children," Romo relates, "So that was probably the toughest thing, no being able to pick 'em up, put 'em up, and everything. But we can do that now, so that's a good thing."
Tony Romo and his wife Candice have two young boys, Hawkins, 2 years, and Rivers, 4 months.