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Deion Sanders jokingly claps back at Tony Romo over tackling dig (vid)

Tony Romo drew the ire of NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders over a comment about the Hall of Famer’s tackling skills, or lack thereof.

Romo, along with CBS Sports broadcast partner Jim Nantz, were covering the Cowboys-Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday. Romo took a shot at Sanders when criticizing Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.

“Peters doesn’t want to tackle,” Romo said. “That’s one of the things … I’m telling ya. He’s really good out there at the corner off coverage, but tackling? He makes Deion Sanders look good at tackling sometimes.”

Sanders, during NFL Network’s “GameDay Prime,” responded to Romo’s dig, albeit in a whimsical manner. Although Sanders himself managed to integrate a few shots at Romo’s lack of postseason success, not to mention another dig about Dak Prescott taking Romo’s job last season.

“Tony, I tried my best to take the high road but I don’t know the address to the high road,” Sanders said. “So I got to come at you, man. Ten years as a starter, you’re 2-4 in the playoffs. You ain’t won nothing. I tried to bury the hatchet. Both of us work for CBS, I went and shook your hand, said, ‘Tony, you’re doing a great job this year.’ I thought that would be it.

“But nevertheless you keep on showing at me. Tony, what’s going on, man. I got a gold jacket that I didn’t buy. Dak says hi. And bye. Tony, leave me alone, man. I got a lot of ammunition, man. How many interceptions? Nineteen in 2012? Come on, man.”

Romo’s seamless transition into broadcasting has been widely praised, almost universally, but there have been a few detractors. Perhaps Sanders is now one of them. Although it certainly seems like Sanders was just having some fun while clapping back at Romo.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time in recent weeks that an NFL media personality has been involved in a the public airing of grievances, the previous one being an NFL Network personality-on-NFL Network personality mini-feud.