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Tony Romo Was So Good At Warmups The Mavericks Coach *Almost* Forced Him Into The Game

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This is probably how fans remember Tony Romo best.

Suited up on the field every Sunday during the season, Romo was the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for 14 seasons.

But at a recent Dallas Mavericks game, Tony Romo gave basketball fans a taste of what might have been.


The former Dallas Cowboys quarter back was at the American Airlines Arena for fan appreciation night. But he wasn’t there to be a spectator. He was there in FULL UNIFORM to sit with the rest of the team. The Mavs, who made the move as a “thank you” to Romo, even gave him a jersey with his old Cowboys number: 9.

Romo talked to the Dallas News about his experience, saying:

For me, it’s a huge honor just to see that they want to do something just to say thank you for your career, what you did for the city to help the city and they way that I’ve supported them [the Mavs].

Early on Tuesday, Romo did a solid job at the team’s morning shootaround.


Romo definitely looked good under the circumstances, but that’s just ~practice~ people were curious how he’d do when all eyes were on him.

And Romo only got better when he hit the court in front of all the fans.


That’s how you enter an arena!

Romo really showed off his jumper during warm ups.


The former Dallas Cowboys quarter back was there for fan appreciation night at the American Airlines Arena.

Then Romo put his dribbling skills on display with some behind the back action.


With no one there to tackle him, he looked like he was having a great time!

And then he did a little one-on-one and blew the house up.


#respect.

Many fans aren’t aware that Romo has been passionate about ? basketball ? for a long time.


Steve Berezowitz, Romo’s high school basketball coach, told Bleacher Report, “He was really good [at basketball]. But I think he eventually realized he had a higher ceiling in football. At that time, we didn’t have passing leagues, and kids didn’t have personal quarterback coaches or personal trainers. He played more basketball back then, and we all assumed he’d try to do that as he moved forward.”

Tony’s moves on the court had many talking about putting him in the game.


Mav’s coach Rick Carlisle even hinted at subbing Romo in during the game. Of course Carlisle was just doing a little on-camera joking. He later spoke to ESPN, saying, “It’s just not a good idea to take a football athlete and throw him in an NBA game,” Carlisle said. “It’s a completely different kind of sport. No. 2, to sign him we would have to go through a tremendous amount of screening, physicals, all those things. It’s not in the best interest of anybody to do that.”

Mavs owner Mark Cuban released a statement about what it mean to have Romo participate in Tuesday’s action.


Cuban also released a statement, saying, “I know [Romo] loves basketball. So it’s just a win-win for fans, Tony, the city. There’s just positives all around.”

The fans were definitely appreciated on Tuesday, but it was Romo who walked away feeling the love.


Romo told the Dallas News, “I don’t think I deserve anything like this. I feel like this whole week… has been emotional in a sense of the outpouring of support, people who appreciated you, loved you.”

Romo is definitely loved in Dallas.


Whether or not we see Romo in a professional sports setting again — he hasn’t officially signed his retirement papers — it was great to see him out on the court enjoying himself and giving the fans a show.

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

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

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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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With 15 Seasons Of Football Behind Him, Tony Romo Hangs Up His Jersey And Looks Forward To A Future In Sports Broadcasting

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With 15 Seasons Of Football Behind Him, Tony Romo Hangs Up His Jersey And Looks Forward To A Future In Sports Broadcasting

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Nothing lasts forever, ya know? So, “November Rain” and professional athletes have at least that in common. According to Bleacher Report, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is hanging up his jersey after 15 years to pursue a broadcasting career.

Tony Romo, who was undrafted, became the starting quarterback for “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys.

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In the span of fifteen years, Tony Romo became the franchise player and face of the Dallas Cowboys. He also dated Jessica Simpson, so all in all, he had a pretty killer career for a dude who didn’t even get drafted.

But, at long last, he’s retiring from the game of professional football…

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According to Bleacher Report, Romo, a four-time Pro Bowler, holds the Cowboys record for passing, with 34,183 yards. He also threw for 248 touchdowns.

Although he’s probably going to miss it…

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During a press conference in November, Romo told the New York Times that it was tough to watch rookie Dak Prescott become the new leader of the Cowboys while he sat out. “If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning,” said Romo. “That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.”

… He’s looking forward to a career in broadcasting.

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I’m not sobbing uncontrollably, my eyes are sweating. No, YOU’RE a baby!


[H/T] Bleacher Report: TONY ROMO REPORTEDLY RETIRING AFTER 15-YEAR COWBOYS CAREER, BECOMING BROADCASTER

[H/T] Sports Business Daily: Sources: Romo To Land With CBS; Could Replace Simms As Top Analyst

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