Former Burlington star, Cowboys quarterback Romo retires from NFL

Now Romo is off to the broadcast booth, where he will be asked to replace Simms despite his lack of experience.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is retiring from professional football in favor of a new career in broadcasting.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Twitter that Romo's plans come even as the Cowboys were set to release him. "I went back and forth a number of times".

Of course, the Patriots would have been considered Super Bowl favorites regardless of what happened with Romo, whose future hung in the balance with the Cowboys committing to quarterback Dak Prescott.

Romo's last season in the NFL was the ideal illustration of how brutal careers can be there: After an illustrious career where he provided a steady and reliable hand for America's most famous football franchise, he lost his starting job to a rookie who was just supposed to sub in while the veteran was recovering from a back injury.

Romo played in only one series for the Cowboys after he returned from injury in November.

Information from USA Today was used in this report.

If Romo files his retirement papers, and the Cowboys designated him a post-June 1 release, they would save $14 million against the 2017 salary cap. But the former quarterbacks will still serve on competing teams, since Aikman is the lead game analyst for Fox Sports. "And if I get in front of some of these teams, I'm going to be enticed to really want to go to play". The networks courting him also are aware.

But with Romo stepping away altogether, the Broncos will go into next season with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to battle it out to be the starting quarterback.

Romo never led Dallas past the divisional round of the playoffs.

In his first full season as the starter in 2007, Romo threw for a then-franchise record 4,211 yards - a mark he would set twice more in his career - and a franchise record 36 touchdown passes.

"Tony Romo has a unique combination of athletic ability, arm talent, vision, and instincts for the game", Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said in a statement.

As time passed, Romo seemed to understand why that quote struck a nerve for followers of America's Team. His last snap in a home regular-season game was the last of three broken collarbones sustained in his career, in 2015 against Carolina.

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