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Tony Romo: Dallas Cowboys quarterback, team deny weight gain

By Alex Butler
Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo looks to throw against the New York Giants during the first half at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. UPI/Ian Halperin
Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo looks to throw against the New York Giants during the first half at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. UPI/Ian Halperin | License Photo

DALLAS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Whoever said a picture is worth 1,000 words obviously didn't participate in social media.

After a photo of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo surfaced Monday, Twitter ignited with comedic and cruel responses. The photo appeared to show the quarterback running in his jersey, sporting a significant weight gain.

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The shot was taken by Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota and simply said "Romo" as the caption.

Romo is listed at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds on the Cowboys official website and 6-foot-2, 219 pounds on Pro Football Reference.

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Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones laughed off Machota's photo, blaming it on the angle.

"I think he's in some of the best shape he's been in," Jones told reporters Monday. "Everybody can always get a picture taken of you that makes it look different than it is."

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Machota said "sorry, Tony," in his article after noticing the Internet's interpretation of Romo's supposed weight problem.

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"I don't think you have a future in photography," Romo told Machota, according to the Sporting News. "I think I've gone through enough criticism at different times in my career that that's the least of my worries. Granted, if I was that big, I think we'd have to have some talks. I think I'm going to be all right."

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Twitter was full of cruel takes from fans and media personalities alike, including Jim Rome. Rome wrote: "Has to be a bad angle or extra rib protection, right? Otherwise, good thing NFL doesn't test for Krispy Kreme."

Romo, 36, completed 83-of-121 passes for 884 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions in four games last season. He is signed with the Cowboys through 2019 on a $119.5 million contract.

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