From Monday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “[Tony] Romo would not be the first Cowboys quarterback to play with a collapsed lung. Don Meredith did on Nov. 13, 1966, throwing for 406 yards in a 31-30 win at Washington.”
Can you believe it? Romo might play with a collapsed lung against the same team Dandy Don did – the Redskins. Here’s the box score of that ’66 game in case you want to check it out.
While you’re perusing it, allow me to point out a few things:
● “Bullet” Bob Hayes, the Cowboys’ Hall of Fame receiver, had the greatest day of his career: nine catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns. One of his TDs measured 95 yards, also a career best.
● Charley Taylor, the Redskins’ Hall of Fame wideout, nearly matched him with 11 receptions for 199 yards and two scores, including a 75-yarder. His yardage total, too, was the highest of his career and, even more amazing, came in just his second game as a wide receiver after spending his first 2½ seasons as a running back.
● This might have been the greatest receiving duel pro football has ever seen. In fact, if Taylor had gained just one more yard, it would be the only time in NFL history that two receivers had racked up 200 or more yards in the same game.
● Meredith, meanwhile, undoubtedly set a record for Most Passing Yards with a Collapsed Lung. (OK, it’s highly likely he set a record. Who keeps track of these things?) So Romo, if he suits up, has something to shoot for Monday.
● Two weeks later, the Redskins beat the Giants 72-41. It’s still the most points ever scored in an NFL regular season game.