Is Tony Romo’s NFL Career Really Over?
As of just a few days ago, it sounded like Tony Romo was going to be a starting quarterback in the NFL next season. He was technically still signed to the Dallas Cowboys, but because he was no longer the starting QB for the team, the thought was that they were going to release him at some point. And when they did, he was expected to meet with the Houston Texans, the Denver Broncos, and several other teams to weigh his options and carefully consider where he wanted to finish his NFL career. But sometime between then and now, everything changed, and Romo is no longer in the running to be a starting NFL quarterback next season.
Early Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Romo had decided to end his NFL career in order to pursue a broadcasting career, effectively immediately. A short time after that report hit, another report was released indicating that Romo would be joining the broadcasting team at CBS. And within a matter of just about an hour, Romo went from being a starting NFL quarterback to being a lead broadcaster on the network that will air the Super Bowl in 2019, meaning Romo could very well be in line to call his first Super Bowl just two years into his new job.
But will Romo really be around to work that Super Bowl? Even though he’s made it pretty clear at this point that he’s committed to broadcasting, yet another report was released early Tuesday that said Romo might be interested in making a return to the Cowboys at some point if they ever find themselves in en emergency situation. If Dak Prescott were to get injured at some point next season, the report said Romo would make a comeback and get back to playing football. And that report is just going to be the first of many like it. The “Is Tony Romo going to come back to the NFL?” watch is going to take place early and often both next season and for several seasons to come.
Romo may be talking and acting like a guy who is done playing football. But he’s going to have the opportunity to make comebacks in the future, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he handles teams who request his services. The CBS gig is a great one for him, but if he has any lingering doubts about retiring, he may get the itch to play again at some point. And if he gets the right opportunity, he is probably going to have a hard time turning it down.