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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Tony Romo not too bothered by never winning a Super Bowl

Tony Romo

One criticism that Tony Romo will never be able to escape is that he never won a Super Bowl as a player. That fact does not seem like it bothers him too deeply.

NFL Network debuted its “A Football Life” story on Romo Friday night. The program included some great clips of Romo and plenty of anecdotes, such as this one.

Romo also addressed the big omission from his career resumé: the lack of a Super Bowl win. Romo said on the program that he looks at all the things he did accomplish, and that helps put the lack of a ring in perspective.

There’s nothing Romo can do now about not winning a ring, so the only way he can continue to live a happy and satisfying life is to take the approach he has. That’s a good way of looking at things, especially for a guy who went from undrafted to becoming the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time leader in passing touchdowns.

Mike Pereira criticizes Tony Romo, says he ‘struggles’ with NFL rules

Tony Romo

Former NFL vice president of officiating and current analyst Mike Pereira has a better understanding of pro football rules than most people, but he seems to think Tony Romo needs to get on his level.

In a series of tweets, Pereira was critical of Romo for some of the calls he made during Saturday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. For starters, Pereira said Romo demonstrated a lack of understanding with the rules when he took issue with Eric Decker being called for offensive pass interference.

Pereira also defended the officiating crew over a couple of false start penalties that Romo and his CBS partner Jim Nantz seemed to take issue with.

The most noteworthy issue from the game was when Danny Amendola caught a pass at the end of the first half to set the Patriots up for a field goal. It appeared as though the Patriots caught a break with the clock operator stopping the clock with a second remaining, which Romo referred to as home cooking. He later corrected himself when he learned that clock operators travel from a neutral site and have nothing to do with the home team.

You can see a video of the Amendola play here.

Romo is still adjusting to life as a broadcaster, and some issues were expected in his first year on the job. He’ll be able to work a lot of that out during the offseason, and you can bet he’ll take note of Pereira’s criticism.

Michael Irvin jabs Deion Sanders over Tony Romo incident

Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin is offering his opinion on the recent on-air beef between former teammate Deion Sanders and Tony Romo.

In an appearance this week on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan, the retired Dallas Cowboys great jabbed Sanders over his back-and-forth with Romo.

“I didn’t like that at all, man,” said Irvin, per SportsDay. “I saw it. Here’s the kicker for me. I love Tony, I talk with Tony all the time. I love Deion. But it’s like, for so long Deion, you’ve made a living off telling people that my job is covering. Now when someone uses it within the framework of what you said.

“So when Tony used it and for him to come back that way, yeah that’s crazy,” the five-time Pro Bowl receiver continued. “It’s having fun, guys. You’ve gotta be able to laugh at yourself. I think we lose it with that.”

The beef between Sanders and Romo, who both now work for CBS, started when the latter made an off-hand remark about the former’s tackling ability while doing color commentary during Sunday’s Cowboys-Kansas City Chiefs game. Sanders apparently took the comment quite personally and later lit into Romo on NFL Network over his lack of postseason success, his interception totals, and the fact that he lost his job to Dak Prescott, among other topics.

As for Irvin, he too has worked as a sports commentator since retiring and has done just as much, if not more, winning than Sanders has in his NFL career, so he definitely seems to be speaking from a position of strength here. Not to mention that all three are former Cowboys, so Irvin probably doesn’t like seeing two Dallas legends getting into it. Of course, Deion has never been shy from throwing around criticism, so this is nothing new for him.

Tony Romo gets tribute, standing ovation in return to Dallas (Video)

Tony Romo

Tony Romo returned to AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday to call the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he received an awesome welcoming.

Now a CBS announcer, the former Cowboys quarterback received a tribute video and ovation from the fans in attendance:

Romo’s reaction to the video was also shown. He seemed very moved and touched.

Romo’s longtime teammate and good friend, Jason Witten, voiced the tribute video.

“I wasn’t prepared for that,” Romo said of the tribute video.

Romo, 37, was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He went on to become the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns. He made four Pro Bowls and reached the postseason four times. Romo retired after last season due to a back injury that led to him being replaced as the team’s starting quarterback by Dak Prescott.

Could Packers reach out to Tony Romo?

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With Aaron Rodgers out for an extended period of time due to a broken collarbone suffered on Sunday, could the Green Bay Packers reach out to Tony Romo?

It didn’t take long after Rodgers went down with his injury for the speculation to begin about Green Bay potentially checking in with Romo to see if he would be interested in playing for them.

Many NFL reporters started some chatter with tweets, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Romo, 37, grew up in Wisconsin and was a Packers fan during his youth. He is the best quarterback not currently on an NFL roster.

Romo lost his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys last year after suffering a back injury in the preseason and being supplanted by Dak Prescott as the team’s starter. Romo opted to go into broadcasting this year, signing with CBS to become their lead analayst.

Romo’s broadcasting career has already taken off, as he’s received rave reviews for his work in the booth. Would he give that up to return to the NFL and take big hits some more, even if it’s with a playoff contender? This could become the hottest story of the week, especially after what Romo said last week.

Tony Romo toys with viewers over his ‘last pass’

Tony Romo

Tony Romo had a little fun with NFL fans on Thursday while calling the action in the Carolina Panthers-Philadelphia Eagles game.

Romo went into broadcasting after a back injury combined with Dak Prescott’s strong play caused him to lose the starting quarterback job for the Dallas Cowboys last season. Romo played in one game last season, going 3 of 4 with a touchdown pass in a Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

CBS decided to air video of that pass while televising the Eagles-Panthers game. Pay attention to Romo’s comment about it being his “last pass.”

“Was it the last pass?” Romo playfully asked.

Jim Nantz then said, “don’t you dare!” to Romo, knowing full well that the QB was teasing a potential comeback.

In a season where Jay Cutler came out of retirement to sign with the Miami Dolphins, this is just another reminder that perhaps the best free agent quarterback is sitting in a CBS TV booth every week. Of course, as recently as this summer, Romo was giving a pretty firm answer about his playing future.

Brent Musburger not impressed with Tony Romo as broadcaster

Tony Romo

Tony Romo has drawn rave reviews from many NFL fans during his first month calling NFL regular season games, but one legendary broadcaster has not been the slightest bit impressed with the former quarterback’s work.

Brent Musburger, who officially retired from calling games earlier this year to pursue a sports handicapping business, told the Vegas Stats & Information Network this week that he believes Romo is off to a terrible start.

“Tony, get off it,” Musburger said. “First of all, you’re intruding on your play-by-play man, Jim Nantz, whose just trying to give us the scene. We like to watch the game, OK? … The more years you spend away from the league, you’re gonna know less and less about the personnel that’s out on the field. So I’m blowing a ‘stop the hype’ right now.”

Romo and Nantz have sounded a bit more uncomfortable together than Nantz sounded with former broadcasting partner Phil Simms, but that was to be expected. There are going to be some growing pains for an ex-player who has no experience in the booth. One of the reasons CBS was so confident in offering Romo a huge role is that his work ethic is undeniable, so he should only be expected to get better.

Romo has shown off his insane football IQ by predicting plays before they happen, and fans seem to enjoy that. There are times when it could sound a bit arrogant, but, again, that’s something he can and will work on. For the most part, Romo has drawn rave reviews from viewers.

If Romo thought bulletin board material only existed as a motivator during his playing days, Musburger just showed him he was wrong.

H/T Bro Bible