Tony Romo admits he’ll ‘probably stink for a while’ in broadcast booth
Tony Romo is making the transition from football player to football analyst after retiring from the NFL to join CBS Sports as an in-game analyst. And the 37-year-old broadcasting neophyte understands it may take some time to adjust to his new career.
Romo, speaking at a U.S. Open qualifying event in Texas — where he failed to advance — used the game of golf to address how joining CBS’ top announcing team along with Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson will be a challenge.
“[Compared to football, golf is] different. Competition in itself I enjoy and, for me, just improving and looking at something to get better at,” Romo said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s the same thing in broadcasting. I understand I’m coming in without any experience in that world. It’s exciting, it’s a little nerve-wracking, it’s all these things in one.
“That’s why you love to do things. You’re coming into the unknown and something I have to get better at and I like a challenge. I know I’ll probably stink for a while [in the broadcast booth]. Hopefully I’ll continue to improve at that and hopefully get better and be good.”
Romo arguably has the charisma and knowledge to eventually become a talented NFL analyst. But as he noted, a period of adjustment to his new job will be necessary. His self-deprecating and candid response also shows Romo understands a move to broadcasting won’t be an easy transition.
But that does not mean Romo won’t be under enormous pressure to excel from the onset. After all, CBS essentially demoted former top analyst Phil Simms to make way for Romo. And that in and of itself presents a formidable challenge.