People hated Romo?
My impression was that most people who viewed him negatively saw him as 1) more than a bit magoo, and 2) prone to throw games away on bad errors, but 3) generally a good QB. Was never gonna get them to the SB, but was pretty good. Why do you say people hated him?
People hated Romo because Cowboys fans do Cowboys fan stuff. I'll put it this way, as a Steelers fan I think Big Ben is good, really good. But a no point in his entire career have I ever thought he was the best QB in the league. When you're comparing him to guys like Brady, Brees and Rodgers, he's going to fall short. He's got near-HOF credentials, but again will pale in comparison to the truly great QB's.
Cowboys fans painted Romo to be the second coming of Joe Montana, and did so relentlessly. You couldn't talk to a Cowboys fan without him trying to convince you that he was the best QB in the league, despite tons of evidence to the contrary. Same with Dez..."best receiver in the game" and crap. It's the delusions of the fanbase that taint the image of the players. Romo was a big victim of this. My stance on Romo softened over the years because I saw him for what he was...a very heady, very talented QB on a very flawed team. It wasn't his fault they lost to the Eagles that year in the playoffs, Romo played his ass off. It was his fault his team put up 52 points but the defense gave up 55 to Indy. Had Jerry not run off Bill Parcels it's completely conceivable that this could have a championship team. But Jerry's hubris gives people ammo to hate the Cowboys.