Tony Romo explains how he knew it was time to retire from NFL
Tony Romo has made a remarkably seamless transition into broadcasting following his retirement after a 14-year NFL career.
While Romo could never have envisioned his incredible success in the CBS Sports broadcast booth alongside Jim Nantz, he evidently recognized before announcing his retirement on April 4, 2017 that it was time to give up playing the game.
Romo recently made an appearance on Dr. Phil’s “Phil in the Blanks” podcast, and the former Dallas Cowboys signal-caller indicated a rash of injuries late in his career and dedication to his family motivated him to enter into retirement.
“Well, I think I needed to be not so selfish in some ways. You know I have three boys and I recognized just some of the injury aspects of somethings that had just come about obviously with my back and knowing how hard it was for a year or two to get through that and get ready and prepare,” Romo told Dr. Phil, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “And in a lot of ways there was a loyalty to a lot of other people within the Cowboys … some teammates that you been through a lot of games with, front office (and) coaches. People that you really wanted to … and didn’t want to leave the game and feel like I said “alright goodbye, good luck.” Because I know how hard that game is. I know how much you can influence and help others.
“It was actually made easier when I felt like they were in good hands. And that part of it was actually, it gave me a feeling of ‘Okay, I wasn’t necessarily thinking this right now, but it was coming up around the corner pretty soon.’ I had given so much. I know I had given everything.
“I had to get out of my own way in some way, and be a dad and do something else.”
It’s interesting how Romo noted how the Cowboys “were in good hands” when he retired, presumably a reference to Dak Prescott, the man who ultimately took his job. Though it does merit noting that Romo has long insisted he has never harbored ill will toward Prescott, something that exhibited a lot of class.
Romo also revealed his thoughts on the podcast whether or not he would ever allow his three sons — Hawkins (6), Rivers (4) and James (1) — to play tackle football.
Romo obviously enjoyed a successful career quarterbacking the Cowboys, although the fact he posted a woeful 2-4 record in postseason games must be frustrating.
Given how he’s become a critically acclaimed broadcaster with CBS Sports — not to mention a fan favorite — it’s safe to assume that Romo is nevertheless fairly content with how things played out.