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Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Caron Butler Thinks Tony Romo Could've Played In The NBA

Caron Butler Thinks Tony Romo Could've Played In The NBA

In honor of retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the Mavericks will have him on the bench as member of the National Basketball Association team for their regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets. A long line of media members followed Romo off the court, then filled the room where Carlisle does his game-day interviews for Romo's only chat with reporters. He put up jumpers and layups with the team and sat on the bench during the game for the Mavericks' regular-season home finale.

Butler went on to Maine Central Institute (Pittsfield, Me.), followed by two years at UConn and a long National Basketball Association career. Romo wasn't as fortunate to do it with the Dallas Cowboys, but they forged their relationship through a love of sport and competition.

Fans await the arrival of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on the court before an NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. They did manage to trim it to eight in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets pulled away again. Romo played basketball at Burlington High School, averaging 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game and graduating as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,080 points.

"When coach (Rick Carlisle) called and Dirk (Nowitzki) texted, I think it was kind of a no-brainer to say yes", said Romo, who worked out in a No. 9 Mavericks jersey. Ultimately, he decided not to play for another team after losing the starting job he held for 10 years to rookie Dak Prescott following a back injury in the preseason last year. I don't mind a team honoring one of the city's best athletes in a unique way, but I wasn't really itching to see the NFL's biggest punching bag have something like this happen to him. He was actually a very good high school player, so it's not like he would have been completely out of his element.

Ezekiel Elliott, Jason Witten and more than a dozen other former teammates showed up to support Romo, as well as Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and owner/general manager Jerry Jones.

When asked about the size of these National Basketball Association players, Romo sheepishly said, "I look like a turtle out there". And I've got to live with that. "It's a little embarrassing, but I tell you what I'm very lucky".

"It's been overwhelming", Romo said of the reactions he has received over the past week. When I first met him, this one-day contract or whatever it is would fulfill his dreams.

The soon-to-be-37-year-old had the crowd on its feet in the final minute hoping he could play, but Romo wasn't on the roster or under contract.

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