After a number of seasons shortened by injuries, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has decided to retire from the game. Like fellow Cowboys quarterback Tory Aikman, Romo will enter the broadcast booth as the anaylist for CBS football broadcasts along side commentator Jim Nantz. Romo will be replacing long time analyst former NFL quarterback Phil Simms.
CBS has not revealed any future plans for Phil Simms who has worked as an analyst for the past 20 years.
Romo leaves the game at age 36, the time many players begin to contemplate retirement due to the rigours of the game.
Romo steps into the CBS number NFL duo right off of the field with now previous broadcasting experience.
Romo is a four time Pro Bowl veteran who spent 14 seasons in the NFL, all of them as a Dallas Cowboy.
In speaking on his new career; Romo said, “I’m really excited about the challenge ahead. I’m excited. It’s going to be a great challenge for me … I hope that I’m able to make the CBS family proud with their decision.” Romo added, “when you think about the NFL, two of the most iconic brands are the Dallas Cowboys and CBS Sports. Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true. I have always known that once my playing career was over I wanted to become a broadcaster. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Jim as I learn the craft and convey to fans my passion for this great game.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called Romo, “ one of the greatest players in Cowboys history.”
Tony Romo ends his Cowboys career with 34,183 passing yards, 248 touchdowns, and 30 game winning drivers – all Cowboys franchise records. NFL Hall Fame members Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman do not have as many game winning touchdowns – 23 for Staubach and 21 for Aikman.
Romo’s decision comes after team owners failed to show enough interest in Romo for an equitable trade.
While Romo has said that he is 99 percent sure that he will remain retired, he did leave it open by saying that he would return to Dallas is the Cowboys REALLY needed him.
A free agent signee in 2003, Romo made his first start in 2006 against the Carolina Panthers, leading the Cowboys to a 35-14 win with 66 percent of his passes completed with one touchdown and one interception.
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