After Announcing His Retirement Romo Reveals The Team He Was Seriously Considering Playing For

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It’s no secret Tony Romo gave the best years of his career to the Dallas Cowboys. Beloved by fans and often underrated despite his stats, Romo announced his retirement earlier today. Though he had an eye on playing for another team, Romo ultimately decided to announce his retirement rather than to wear another jersey. This last season saw the rise of Dak Prescott as Cowboys QB, who tore up the competition winning 13 games and ending the season with a 104.9 rating. Whether Romo left or stayed, the Dallas Cowboys would have faced a difficult decision regarding the quarterback position in 2017.

Many die hard Romo fans were sure he’d return as the starting quarterback, but no, Romo announced retirement.


The official Dallas Cowboys Twitter released a short statement informing fans that Romo had also been “released.”


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones put out a warm statement concerning Romo’s retirement.


On the Dallas Cowboys website, Jerry Jones said his organization wished “Tony and his family nothing but the best.” He also went on to explain Romo’s importance to the Dallas Cowboys, saying:

“Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field. He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.

He is a young man who is just getting started on a long journey in life.  All the best my friend.”

Head coach Jason Garrett also showed some love for the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.


Despite rumors of clashes between Romo and his coach, Garrett released a sincere and heartfelt statement regarding Romo’s contributions to everyone that worked with him.

“That relentless spirit that Tony plays with is contagious. He makes his teammates better. He makes his coaches better. He makes his team better. He has grown so much as a player and as a person over the course of his career and has made a significant impact on the lives of so many. I consider myself fortunate to be at the top of that list. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work with Tony Romo, one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history.”

Tons of support came pouring in from around the web.

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Romo was more than a quarterback for some people. He was the “romodel” they never had.


They recognized the sacrifices he made on behalf of The Dallas Cowboys.


Ric Flair even gave Romo some love.

And while some football fans also threw shade at the outgoing quarter back…


… I mean, you gotta love the kind of trash-talk NFL fans are capable of…


…Many were quick to remind people of Romo’s true legacy.


Romo’s stats are no joke.


Tony Romo won’t be leaving the world of the NFL. The 36-year-old is headed to CBS as an announcer.


C’mon, stop it!

Tony Romo will replace Phil Simms as an analyst on CBS.

Romo spoke to CBS about his decision to join the broadcasting team, saying, “There’s no part of me that wants to play. Right now, I’m committed 100 percent to CBS. You always leave yourself a little wiggle room, but I understand what it takes to play football. I don’t envision going back [to the NFL]. I’m going to CBS and I’m not playing football.”

Romo also mentioned that if he had stayed in the NFL, it’s likely he would have strongly pursued the Houston Texans.

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Romo told CBS,  “I went and studied teams that I thought I would play for and Houston was at the top of the list.”

The Dallas Cowboys official Twitter has released several tributes to Romo, including this short video:


You’ll be missed, Tony Romo.

 

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