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Tony Romo passes Troy Aikman on Cowboys TD list

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback passes Troy Aikman to become the franchise all-time touchdowns leader.


With an electrifying 23-yard pass to receiver Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo became the all-time franchise leader with 166 career touchdowns. Romo passed Hall of Famer Troy Aikman with the pass, who had 165 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Cowboys that included three Super Bowl Championships.

It is those championships that will cause this record to ring hollow for a number of Cowboys fans, as Romo has led his team to just one playoff win since becoming the starter in 2006. While Romo takes the brunt of the blame due to a perceived issue with turnovers, in truth he possesses the lowest interception percentage (2.9) of every Cowboys quarterback with more than 20 touchdowns passes.

Romo will have a ways to go to come close to approaching the lead in wins and yards, however. Aikman amassed 32,942 yards passing and a 94-71 record in 165 games, while Roger Staubach sits with a 85-29 record in 131 games. In 94 games so far in his career with Dallas, Romo has 24,191 yards and a 52-36 record in 94 games.

It was fitting that Romo passed Aikman on such a vintage play, as the Cowboys quarterback eluded several sacks before rolling out and hitting Bryant wide open on the far side of the field. Bryant then avoided six defenders as he danced into the end zone.

Romo is currently on pace to possibly break his previous franchise-high 4,483 yards passing in 2009, with 3,357 yards in 11 games before Sunday's night contest against Philadelphia. Romo's touchdown percentage (3.5) is by far the lowest of his career, however, as the Cowboys have struggled to a 5-6 record in 20012.

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