Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has handled his demotion with grace.

The 36-year-old spoke to the media on Tuesday, delivering a prepared statement in which he said rookie Dak Prescott should be the signal caller for America's Team.

He's earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he's earned that right. He's guided our team to an 8-1 record and that's hard to do."

Romo has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his back during a preseason game. He will return to the team this week in a backup role. His future in Dallas is going to become a storyline, since the Cowboys are in Prescott's hands now. Whether he remains there or goes to another team remains to be seen, although he did make one thing crystal clear: he's not planning on calling it a career just yet. "If you think for a second that I don't want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning," Romo said. "That hasn't left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever."

The Cowboys are eyeing a Super Bowl run and Romo did everything he could to let people know he had no plans to get in the way. "I'm not gonna allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction," he said. "I think Dak knows that I have his back, and I think I know that he has mine. Ultimately it's about the team - it's what we've preached our entire lives."

Romo's words and the mature way he's handled the matter were well received.