Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Cowboys' Romo retiring, headed to broadcast booth

"I'm just telling you it's about 99 percent and if, for some insane reason, (CBS Sports Chairman) Sean (McManus) chose to fire me in Week 12, I guess I'd have to think about playing in a small golf tournament or flag football".

On Monday, Romo was given permission to talk to other teams, a signal Dallas wanted to pursue a trade. He lost his starting job in 2016 after a preseason back injury pushed rookie Dak Prescott into the No. 1 role with the Cowboys. Even when he was losing late-season games the Cowboys needed to win to make the playoffs, he was still putting up big numbers.

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.

"Tony's always been Mr. Microphone", says Rubac."He was the commentator for the powderpuff football game and was very colorful and the kids always enjoyed it when he'd give a play by play".

Information from USA Today was used in this report.

Longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo called it quits Tuesday, ending a 13-year career.

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"We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best", Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.

Tony Romo chuckles it up with sons Rivers, left, and Hawkins, in 2015 at his annual Tony Romo Football Camp.

Manning dominated Romo early in their rivalry, including a win in the 2007 NFC divisional round in Dallas that was part of the Giants' Super Bowl playoff run.

The length of the deal is unclear, but Romo will replace Phil Simms, who was the network's lead National Football League analyst for 19 years. As a follower of the New York Giants, I appreciated and will miss the battles with him, if this really is the end of his playing career.

Romo was scheduled to count $24.7 million against the Cowboys' cap in 2017. Tony came out of nowhere - as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Illinois University, way more from nowhere then the legendarily from nowhere Tom Brady - to be a great QB. "I felt like I had to play flawless ball, because he was such a good player". His 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdown passes are the most in team history.

ROMO: This is a decision that I come to because I'm excited about this craft. "And I don't envision that really being something I'd have to think long and hard about", Romo said. The 37-year old will be able to focus on his family along with the coming broadcasting career.

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