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Tony Romo says calling his first Cowboys game was ‘difficult’

Tony Romo has received nearly universal high marks in his debut season as CBS Sports’ top NFL game analyst. And the star quarterback-turned-broadcaster recently addressed the transition and the challenges he has faced during it. Specifically, Romo admitted that calling his first Dallas Cowboys game was “difficult for many reasons.”

Romo was in the booth alongside partner Jim Nantz for a Week 8 showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 5. He recently discussed his first season as a broadcaster during an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, during which he addressed calling that first Cowboys game.

“The first Cowboys game for me was difficult for many reasons,” Romo said. “To feel the warmth of the crowd made it feel like what you did was worth it, if that makes sense. I don’t know, it just makes you feel special.

“When you are sitting there feeling that way, you feel humbled and proud, and your kids are there, and when you have kids it is just a feeling of deep-rooted joy that they get to be part of it, and I didn’t have that when I was younger. But doing the game part was difficult. If you listened to the second game, I let it go a little more, and in the future I am pretty sure I will treat it like every other game.”

Romo, who originally had doubts himself, has earned deserved praise for his uncanny 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.

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.