Cowboys' Tony Romo Retiring, Replacing Phil Simms At CBS
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 10:35
To play, or not to play: that was the question. Romo will be 37 on April 21, and he believes that family and his health are more significant at this period of his life.
"Tony has been one of the NFL's biggest stars for the past decade, and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports", said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. But, with a massive contract, no one was biting, even if there was interest from the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.
Romo will be teamed with Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on CBS' top announcing team for games on Sunday afternoons and Thursday Night Football. He has a verbal agreement to be CBS' No. 1 color commentator, replacing Phil Simms alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz.
It wasn't a simple decision. "I went back and forth a number of times".
Romo said his release was a financial consideration - he would have had to repay a portion of his signing bonus upon retirement - and he praised Jones despite the sudden change of plans when free agency opened early last month. That part of it gets the juices flowing and started to get you excited to be a part of a team and go attack a craft. That wasn't just the only reason. So with this huge breaking news, I had to reach out to someone who's been on this podcast before, and covers the Cowboys, Stew Myrick.
As time passed, Romo seemed to understand why that quote struck a nerve for followers of America's Team.
He and Candice spoke warmingly of his two sons, Hawkins, 4, and Rivers, 2, in the interview. Several other networks were also bidding to hire Romo. "I didn't come to this conclusion lightly".
Instead, Romo will have to be content with broadcasting Super Bowl LIII for CBS in 2019. He conceded the starting job to rookie Dak Prescott with the Cowboys in the middle of a franchise-record 11-game winning streak.
Romo, who was replaced last season by rookie phenom Dak Prescott, was expected to be wearing a different jersey come 2017, but now it appears he'll be donning a suit and tie for the upcoming National Football League season. Romo played just one series in his final season with Dallas, and his last pass was a 3-yard touchdown to Terrance Williams in a meaningless regular-season finale at Philadelphia.
As we all know by now Romo isn't retiring so he can play more golf.
The Giants and Cowboys had plenty of close battles for the 13 years Romo and Manning were taking snaps under center for their respective teams.
The Cowboys officially released Romo on Tuesday after his move to CBS became official.
"We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best. Absolutely not", Romo said. I'm going to be there for good. "I feel like there's a friendly rivalry that extended off the field". "I really like to think that some guys have done it exactly right". And for that we say: Thank you, Cliff.