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Tony Romo: Dak Prescott being ‘a good kid’ helped ease tensions

Dak Prescott burst on to the scene as a rookie quarterback and his success left the Dallas Cowboys no choice but to tab him as the team’s starting quarterback, even as Tony Romo returned to health last season. It obviously made for an incredibly awkward situation for both Romo and Prescott, not to mention the entire Cowboys organization.

Romo of course was confronted with his own football mortality as Prescott prospered, and the machinations of the situation ultimately resulted in the veteran signal-caller calling it a career. Romo officially announced his retirement this week and was subsequently announced as the lead NFL game analyst with CBS Sports.

Prescott earlier this week had nothing but great things to say about Romo, both as a teammate and mentor as well as a budding broadcaster. Thursday marked Romo’s opportunity to return the niceties, saying Prescott being “a good kid” helped make the tough situation somewhat easier to process.

“It probably wouldn’t have went the same way if Dak wasn’t, you know, a good kid,” Romo said on Mike Kryzyzewski’s SiriusXM show, “Basketball and Beyond,” as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “He’s very respectful. He’s someone that wants to learn.”

Romo, even if Prescott’s arguably surprising emergence as a franchise-level quarterback ushered in the ultimate end to his career, says he’ll continue to support the young signal-caller.

“If you really just care about football… I’m going to root for you, I’m going to want to see you succeed and I’m gonna want to go out of my way to help you,” Romo said. “He has an appetite to want to be great and he’s got a skillset that’s good.

“I think he’s just going to continue to develop it.”

A report surfaced this week that suggested Romo felt “let down” by Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett over not getting the chance to reclaim his job. While that may be true, Romo is making sure that at least publicly, he doesn’t say anything to call into question how Prescott conducted himself during the awkward transition.