Tony Romo, Rico Gathers Hoop It Up at Plano Church

Silver told Cuban the contract would not be honored, which killed the idea but did not stop the Mavericks from honoring the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.?

Longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got a unique send-off from Dallas fans on Tuesday night, when he suited up for the Mavericks and participated in pre-game festivities before riding the bench.

And now, after avidly following the Mavericks during his 14 years in Dallas, attending many a game, he's getting to fulfill a dream of sitting on an National Basketball Association bench, too.

"It's a treat just to be able to be out here and know him and get a chance to communicate with him, learn from him", Romo said.

"Thank you guys. This is an honor I could never dream of", Romo said on a microphone before the game.

News came out on Saturday saying that Romo would be signing to play with the Mavericks for the team's final home game of the regular season. I don't mind a team honoring one of the city's best athletes in a unique way, but I wasn't really itching to see the NFL's biggest punching bag have something like this happen to him. "I don't think we've ever had this many people here at 7:15 for a 7:40 tip. That didn't work. So we struck out".

According to, Romo "isn't expected to play", but he practiced with the Mavericks during their shootaround on Tuesday.

When asked about the size of these National Basketball Association players, Romo sheepishly said, "I look like a turtle out there". "To see Tony Romo on the sideline and Mark Cuban and that interaction and a future Hall of Famer in Dirk [Nowitzki] as his's going to be special, man".

According to ESPN, Cuban brought up the idea to National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver, who rejected the notion and said the National Basketball Association wouldn't honor Romo's contract. He later said he felt like a turtle being out there with National Basketball Association players.

"Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons", Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said before his team's 109-91 loss. But, the Mavericks have won only 32 matches in this season. It was a night that Romo will never forget and as a fan myself, it was a great way to pay homage to a real Dallas star. Per ESPN, mid-major schools like Wisconsin-Green Bay recruited Romo for basketball.

Put him in the game, Mavs.

Tuesday, Romo went through the team shoot around and practice in the morning, then hosted a press conference where he spoke on his excitement for tonight and about how grateful he was to be apart of the Dallas community for so long.

The game will not be televised nationally, but curious fans can watch through the * a href="[*searchterm*]" *NBA's League Pass.

  • Julie Sanders