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.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 4, 2017
The official Dallas Cowboys Twitter released a short statement informing fans that Romo had also been “released.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 4, 2017
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones put out a warm statement concerning Romo’s retirement.
— Dallas Cowboys (@ThemCowboysRR) April 4, 2017
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.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@PhillyEaglesRR) March 2, 2017
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.
Romo was more than a quarterback for some people. He was the “romodel” they never had.
Tony Romo's greatest accomplishment was getting a bunch of white people in Texas (and elsewhere) to root for a Mexican.
— J (quesa)Dilla (@fidmart85) April 4, 2017
They recognized the sacrifices he made on behalf of The Dallas Cowboys.
Congrats to @tonyromo on a great, great football career. Sacrificed his body over and over for Cowboy fans. Smell the roses, brotha!
— Michael Young (@MikeyY626) April 4, 2017
Ric Flair even gave Romo some love.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) April 4, 2017
And while some football fans also threw shade at the outgoing quarter back…
In Honor of Tony Romo retiring, here is the closest he has ever gotten to the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/6MBcqlKdWP
— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) April 4, 2017
… I mean, you gotta love the kind of trash-talk NFL fans are capable of…
THIS JUST IN: Tony Romo injured after tripping during walk to podium to announce retirement. Broadcasting career put on hold. pic.twitter.com/yRqiHgW89r
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) April 4, 2017
…Many were quick to remind people of Romo’s true legacy.
If you fail to recognize Tony Romo as a great QB because he was a "choker" or "not clutch," I'll probably never respect your opinion.
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) April 4, 2017
Romo’s stats are no joke.
— ProFootballReference (@pfref) April 4, 2017
Tony Romo won’t be leaving the world of the NFL. The 36-year-old is headed to CBS as an announcer.
I will pay cash money to the first co-host who asks Tony Romo to pass a mic and then has someone intercept it.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) April 4, 2017
C’mon, stop it!
Tony Romo will replace Phil Simms as an analyst on CBS.
— Tony Romo (@tonyromo) April 4, 2017
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.
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:
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 4, 2017
You’ll be missed, Tony Romo.