Tony Romo is almost entirely positive that he’ll never play football again.
The former Cowboys quarterback, though, won’t completely shut the door.
During a Tuesday conference call to unpack his retirement and announce his new broadcasting role with CBS Sports, Romo said that he doesn’t “envision” returning to the NFL, adding that “it’s about 99 percent” certain that he’s done.
“I wish I could tell you unequivocally, 100 percent, for the rest of my life, I’ll never play any sports at all,” Romo said. “I don’t envision coming back. But I’ve also seen enough things, you know, from (coach Nick Saban’s) ‘I’m not going to Alabama’ to (Brett Favre’s) ‘I’m done playing football,’ that happen in life.”
Said Romo: “Do I envision coming back and playing football? Absolutely not. I’m committed to CBS. I’m going to be there. … I’m sure I will (get a call). There’s not enough quarterbacks that can win 12 games in the NFL anyway. I do feel like, for me, the reality is a lot can happen. Right now, I’m telling you that I don’t think it would be that hard of a decision.”
Romo repeatedly pointed to his desire to grow as an NFL broadcaster, a role that will pair him with longtime friend Jim Nantz as the No. 1 coverage team for CBS. It would take something unique to pull him back into the day-to-day grind of playing quarterback.
“I’m gonna get in the booth, I’m gonna like it. It’ll be a challenge, but I’m excited. And I don’t envision that really being something I’d have to think long and hard about,” Romo said. “I’m just telling you it’s about 99 percent and if, for some crazy reason, (CBS Sports Chairman) Sean (McManus) decided to fire me in Week 12, I guess I’d have to think about playing in a small golf tournament or flag football.”