Dear Tony,

I hate to see it end this way.

Truly.

Unfortunately, we all knew it was coming. The Dallas Cowboys are Dak Prescott’s team now. You conceded it yourself in your November. Remember the speech. It came after you were medically cleared to play after your fracturing a vertebrae in your back during the preseason.

“(Dak’s) earned the right to be our quarterback,” you said. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right.”

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Through all the jaw-dropping plays, the wtf moments, the incredible passes and even the injuries, thanks for the memories, Tony.

Now you’re stepping away from the game and entering the broadcast booth after a 14-year career, every play with the blue star on your helmet.

Above all the heartbreaks and injuries, you gave us Cowboys fans hope for the past decade-plus that maybe this was our year to bring home a championship. Because the truth is, Tony, ever since Troy Aikman retired in 2000, us Cowboys fans didn’t have much to hope for. Names like Chad Hutchinson, Ryan Leaf, Vinny Testaverde, Brad Johnson, Drew Henson or Quincy Carter don’t strike much fear in opposing defenses.

But you came along in 2006 with your gunslinging ways, the ability to make something out of nothing, and breathed excitement back into the ‘Boys.

Haters are always going to give you a hard time for being a choke-artist, the quarterback who falters at the worst possible times. But that’s only because they’re too blind to see that you are one of the best QBs when it counts:

  • 14 fourth-quarter comebacks
  • 29 game-winning drives
  • 102.9 passer rating in the fourth quarter
  • 93.1 passer rating in final two minutes of the game

I’ll never forget when you led us to a 34-14 thrashing over the Eagles for our first playoff win in more than a decade. Or in 2014 when you rallied us from a 20-7 deficit in a wild card game against the Detroit Lions to a 24-20 victory.

And I’ll always remember how much you were missed when we were stuck with a hodgepodge of Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore in 2015.

Us fans, we’ll never forget all memories, Tony.

I hate it had to end this way.