Tony Romo tweeted a silly photo of himself wearing a CBS jacket an hour before a scheduled press conference making his hiring by the network official. The message came just a few hours after reports that he is retiring from football. The Dallas Cowboys have already released him.
“I guess it’s time to start dressing up,” Romo wrote, adding the hashtag #CBS.
The news that Romo will not be playing football in 2017 was first reported by ESPN. Later, the Sports Business Journal reported that Romo signed a contract with CBS.
At the eye network, Romo will replace former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms as the color commentator for CBS’ A-team, alongside Jim Nantz. This means that he will likely call Super Bowl LIII, the next Super Bowl CBS airs.
Simms’ agent, Steve Rosner, told the Bergen Record’s Tara Sullivan that CBS didn’t fire Simms. “Absolutely not. He has multiple years left on his contract. I’ve had a few brief discussions with CBS in regard to the future and we have decided at the moment that we will regroup within the next month or so and figure out what his future role will be,” Rosner told Sullivan.
CBS also formally introduced Romo at a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.
“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best,” Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. “As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.”
“Tony Romo has a unique combination of athletic ability, arm talent, vision and instincts for the game,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett added. “What separates Tony from many other players, however, is a rare competitive spirit. Tony loves to play. Tony loves to compete. The best ones always do. In practice. During games. On the field. Off the field. Tony competes to the end in everything that he does.”
Romo was never drafted, but instead signed as free agent out of Eastern Illinois in 2003. He spent his entire 14-year career with the Cowboys and turns 37 later this month. He reached the Pro Bowl after the 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2014 seasons, but was only 2-4 in the playoffs. He retired with 34,183 career passing yards and 248 career touchdowns, both franchise records.