Tony Romo shocked the football world Tuesday, retiring from the NFL to become the lead NFL analyst for CBS. People knew that Romo’s days as a Cowboy were over, but after months of speculation that he might join the Texans or Broncos, the soon-to-be 37-year-old is walking away from the game altogether.
Many NFL fans and analysts can’t believe it.
“For me, it was just weird – because I thought the complete opposite,” The Ticket in Dallas afternoon host Corby Davidson said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I thought 100 percent for sure he was going to play – or at least try to play – another couple of years. Knowing him just a little bit, I know he still has the fire and all that. I guess I just didn’t factor in the allure of that particular job and how special that job is. The quarterback of the Cowboys is special, too, but if you’re going to matriculate into broadcasting, there’s only like two jobs like that. If you’re kind of thinking the end is near and they offer you that one of two jobs in the world, then you kind of got to take it, I guess. But it was weird. I just didn’t expect it.”
Romo has one of the top broadcasting jobs in sports, but will he be good at it? Time will tell.
“He’s got this really super dry sense of humor – like, really, really dry,” Davidson said. “I think once put in that position, he’ll be fine after a while. But you’re taking a pretty big shot in the dark here with just saying, ‘All right, you’ve never done this before, come on in, you’ve got the No. 1 job on the network.’ What if it doesn’t work? What if he’s horrible? But I think he’ll be fine after a while. He’ll figure it out.”
To be fair, many people had the same concerns about Troy Aikman joining the broadcast booth. Those concerns turned out to be unfounded.
“Aikman never said much of anything when he was quarterback of the Cowboys,” Davidson said. “He hated dealing with the media. You remember that time with the Cowboys. It was just crap left and right going on and he always had to answer for it and he just got sick of it all. He really never said much, and he was real guarded. When he got the job, we were all like, ‘Can he do this?’ And it turns out that he’s as good as anybody that’s ever done it. Tony is a little more open than Troy, but it’s a roll of the dice for sure. But I think he’ll be okay.”