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Tony Romo reiterates no interest in an NFL comeback

Tony Romo has stressed yet again that there is no interest whatsoever on his behalf for an NFL comeback.

Romo, who retired over the offseason and embarked upon a career in broadcasting, reiterated his lack of desire for a return to his playing days during a conversation with Peter King for his “The MMQB” column.

“I don’t really think about that,” Romo told King over the weekend. “When I make a choice — and I bet it was the same with [Cris] Collinsworth and [Troy] Aikman — you know how much effort goes into it. You gotta give everything you got to this. You can’t fake things. You gotta be yourself. You always hope people enjoy it. The goal is to talk to the guy having a beer next to you, just explain the game. And if I can do that, I’ve done my job.”

Romo, who had doubts himself, has received rave reviews for his analyst chops, earning praise for his ability to predict plays offenses run before the snap, among other keen insights perhaps only a former quarterback and an astute student of the game could relay.

While Romo has been widely hailed for his analyst talents, there have been some detractors, including iconic broadcaster Brent Musburger, who criticized how Romo calls plays.

“That’s a tough question to answer,” Romo said about predicting plays. “I don’t think I do it that often. I know the viral sensation of the world we live in, with social media everywhere. But I only do it maybe three times a game. I’m just trying to think along with the game, to say what I see. It comes down to years of experience, knowing the defense as well as the offense. It’s been natural for me to feel what the quarterback is thinking and feeling at the moment.”

Some questioned Romo’s immediate ascension to working alongside Jim Nantz as top NFL analyst for CBS Sports. But those doubts have quickly disappeared for the most part. Why would Romo even consider a return to playing when he’s got it so good in the broadcaster’s booth?