Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo was compared to NBA legend Michael Jordan after playing through illness to lead his team to victory over Oakland on Thursday.
Romo completed 23 of his 32 attempted passes at AT&T Stadium for 225 yards and one touchdown, with the Cowboys claiming the win over the Raiders by 31-24. The Cowboys are now 7-5 in the NFL this season.
It was a heroic performance from Romo who, as revealed by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, had been suffering from a nasty stomach virus in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving match.
"Tony was very sick today, having real terrible stomach issues," Jones explained. "He’d had trouble with it during the night and by the way wasn’t going to let that stop him."
So inspirational was the performance from Romo, that he even drew comparisons to Jordan for the way in which he battled through to ensure the Cowboys posted the victory.
“He kind of put on that Michael Jordan that is sick and sticking it out and pulling this W out for us,” said teammate Dez Bryant.
Bryant, of course, is referring to Jordan's 'Flu Game' in the 1997 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. Jordan had been struck down by food poisoning but still managed to score 38 points in game five.
Jordan also registered seven rebound, five assists, three steals and a block in 44 minutes to deliver a 90-88 victory. It is one of the most iconic performances in NBA history.