Former Cowboy Tony Romo Fires Back at Peyton Manning’s Criticism

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fired back at Peyton Manning on Wednesday. This comes after taking some heat from Manning while Romo defended his title at American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course over the weekend.

Manning brought up a comment which he said Romo made about his jump into announcing. According to Manning, the former Cowboys signal-caller apparently stated at one point that he always knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. The comments from Manning came during a segment on CBS Sports Radio.

“I saw where Tony Romo said that he always knew that he wanted to be a broadcaster. Well, I always knew I wanted to be a football player. That’s all I knew. I was all-in on that job. I didn’t think about anything else while I was playing. And I think that’s a good way to be. I think you’ve got to be all-in on what you’re doing.”

Romo gives his two cents on Dallas (105.3 The Fan)’s radio show. Interestingly, the Cowboys quarterback offered a strong defense in the fact that he apparently never eve made the comments in the first place.

“I actually hadn’t heard those comments. I like to tunnel the little bubble I live in. But, ultimately, that’s something I never actually said,” Romo said. “I didn’t start thinking about being a broadcaster until I was contemplating retirement. And so at that point, then you’re going to start thinking about your next stage.


Tony Romo Expands on Mindset as Announcer

Following his career as a player, Romo immediately took a job with CBS and jumped into the booth to announce games. Not only that, but he’s grown incredibly popular with many fans. The former Cowboys quarterback takes a very active approach while announcing and his predictions of plays throughout games have become a constant.

During the same segment on Dallas (105.3 The Fan), Romo expanded on his mindset in broadcasting, as well as golf where he’s found success.

“Like anything, when you’re playing football it’s all-consuming. Literally, nothing else (matters) … when you go off to training camp you don’t even know what’s happening in the world. I feel like right now it’s also still a little bit of that being a broadcaster. I love it, I enjoy it. But I think that was never apart of the mindset when you’re playing football. I mean, that would be silly to say you were thinking about something like that.

“I’m done playing, I’m in broadcasting and golf, and say, ‘hey, if we’re going to do this let’s not be average, let’s try and be really good at this.’ And that’s the next mindset you do. For me, it would be hard for me to sit back and say ‘oh, I’m pretty good.’ That’s not my mental makeup.”

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Tony Romo’s Career With Cowboys

After going undrafted out of Eastern Illinois in 2003, Romo landed with the Cowboys and proceeded to remain on the sidelines until roughly the midway point of the 2006 season. After taking over under center for Dallas that year, he led the team to a 6-4 record and held the starting job after throwing for 2,903 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Romo helped the Cowboys reel off a 13-3 record the following year while throwing for an impressive 4,211 yards, a career-best 36 touchdowns and tossing 19 interceptions. When his career had wrapped up, Romo finished with a 78-49 record, completed 65.3 percent of his passes and threw for 34,183 yards and 248 touchdowns.

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