It’s official, Tony Romo is hanging up the cleats. The long time Cowboy great is retiring from the NFL. This news comes as a bit of shock. We knew he wasn’t going to stay in Dallas and many had him as the top quarterback available. No doubt, at least a few teams had solid interest in Romo’s services. The most recent rumors saw him staying in the state and joining the Houston Texans. Not a bad fit as it was becoming more clear that Tony wanted to join a winner. Not help some franchise rebuild. After taking some time to weigh his options, the (soon to be) 37-year-old decided it was time to call it quits and will be joining Jim Nantz in the booth at CBS.
If you’re looking for a reason as to what helped make up Tony Romo’s mind, maybe it had something to do with the offer from his new job. CBS reached out to Tony at the end of last season so the QB has had tons of time to think about what his life would be like in broadcasting. It seems like a natural fit for quarterbacks to transition to analyst positions. So much of what signal callers do is watch film, study players and make it their job to know more than everyone else. Plus, Romo gets to stay in the world of football and bring home a decent pay check. A much smaller check but still giant in terms of us regular folks.
Other things to consider. Tony Romo has a serious history of injuries. Most notably, issues with his back. The guy seems healthy now but the grind of starting 16 games is grueling. One good shot and he could be facing more surgery. Romo has already made a pretty penny tossing the pigskin and it looks like he wants to preserve his health so he can enjoy it. What good is all that money if you aren’t psychically able to play with your kids?
Tony Romo gave the Dallas Cowboys over ten years of blood, sweat and tears. 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdowns. He leads the organization in many passing categories which is impressive when you think of the other names in the team history. He never got them to the Super Bowl and that may be part of his legacy but he will be remembered in Texas for a long time. And on a personal note, I respect that he played for one team he loved and decided to retire before starting a new chapter somewhere else. It’s more and more rare in today’s game.
So to Tony Romo, I say good luck in the future and please don’t come out of retirement in a year. You made the right call. Now stick to it.