When Haley was receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 2004-05, Romo was a relatively unknown young player trying to find his way. The two formed a friendship that also seemed to fuel one another's competitive spirit.
Haley says Romo was "the epitome of a gym rat" whom you couldn't get out of the practice facility.
At the moment, both men have fallen upon tough times. Haley's 0-4 Chiefs are mired in a horrendous 2-for-29 streak, the worst in franchise history. Romo's 2-2 Cowboys are fresh off a close loss to Denver and must right themselves at once to become a factor in the rugged NFC East.
Haley knows Romo will never give up, something he learned back in Dallas during some racquetball games that were not for the faint of heart. And when Haley wasn't fighting Romo on the racquetball court, he was helping him improve.
Logically, the Cowboys might be a good chance for the Chiefs to break through for a win. Dallas took a 10-0 lead at Denver but wound up losing 17-10 and some critics say the Cowboys have a tendency to self-destruct. At the same time, the Cowboys are being careful not to dismiss KC just because of its 0-4 record.