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Monday, October 17, 2005

What Did Romo Mean About the Eagles?
Last night, ex-Eagles linebacker Bill Romanowski, pitching his auto-bio, mentioned the Philly team as he led 60 Minutes viewers through a "hate"-and-supplement-filled career in which he broke a couple of players' faces, spit in another's, and intentionally snapped one of Dave Meggett's fingers. This is straight from the CBS transcript:

Romanowski says that in Philadelphia the team sent him to a hospital for something called a Trauma I.V. "When I walked in the hospital on crutches, and I ran out of the hospital, I knew it was something good."

The Eagles declined comment, saying no one who might know more was still with the team. Romanski was an Eagle in'93 and '94. Otho Davis, the trainer then, died five years ago.

While, out of context, the mysterious remark seems suggestive of a medical misdeed, during the show, it seemed like just another example of how much Romanowski believed in better playing through biochemistry.

"Romo," who retired last year, estimated he spent more than $200,000 a year on supplements, doctors and therapists. Those substances included steroids, but only from 2001 to 2003. So his rage wasn't from 'roids, he says:

"I felt I could take myself to a place where other guys weren't willing to go because come Sunday after a game, I already started hating the next opponent. I started hating the guy I was going to go against," says Romanowski. "I hated the coaches. I hated their fans. I hated their family. You name it. And by the time I got onto that field come Sunday, watch out because there was rage."

Think a guy like this, whose teams won four Super Bowls, belongs in the hall of fame?

Is Romo: My Life on the Edge a book you want to read?



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