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Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo retires, to move into broadcasting


"Obviously Houston was at the top of the list of teams I looked at", Romo said in a CBS conference call.

After weeks of whispers but no answers, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is retiring to the CBS announcing booth following other Cowboys like Don Meredith, Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, and Deion Sanders. That's what you get when you are the face of the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo may be hanging his cleats, but that won't stop teams from calling him.

"I've known my nature and I've known my competitive side", said Romo, whose departure has been expected since a November speech conceding the Dallas job to Prescott.

During a conference call, Romo revealed that the Texans were his first choice if he made a decision to play on next season, but he just couldn't pass up CBS' offer.

Romo has already informed owner Jerry Jones of his decision.

Remember all those what-ifs about Brett Favre coming back? I know what it takes to play football.

The Broncos went 9-7 last season after a 4-0 start and finished third in the AFC West, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Romo will join Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the lead announce team for the Network's coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday afternoons and Thursday Night Football. Romo also said that anything could happen, but he also noted that no part of him wants to play right now.

Soon to be 37, Romo frequently spent time on the bench with injuries, including most of last season.

"Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organisation for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field".

He underwent collarbone surgery in spring 2016, but in a preseason game, he suffered a compression fracture in his back, forcing him to miss most of the regular season. CBS held a teleconference with the media giving both Romo and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, a chance to talk about how the new partnership.

On Tuesday, Tony Romo officially quit his career and have chosen retirement.

National Football League stars bigger than Romo, from fellow Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith to Joe Montana, have flopped on TV.

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