Tony Romo, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, has retired from the NFL. However, his passion for sports and the city of Dallas is not over. The 36-year-old took the court on Tuesday night for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
Although Romo didn’t play for the Mavericks in their final home game of the NBA season, the man from San Diego, California took part in a team photo and the morning shoortaround. He also participated in team meetings, early pregame warm-ups and introductions.
Mavericks love Romo
Rick Carlisle, Mavericks coach, called Romo. Dirk Nowitzki, franchise icon also sent a text message to the former QB hoping that the player would take part in the tribute. Mark Cuban, Mavericks owner presented the idea to Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, according to ESPN.
“At first I was just feeling like I didn’t deserve any of that. No one does, but at the same time just the honor that the organization — and Coach and Mark and Dirk — to just do something like that, it just makes you feel special,” Romo said.
“Standing here today, I feel a little embarrassed, to be honest, in the sense that you’re lucky enough to be in a position that someone cares enough to do something to honor you. I’m a lucky guy.”
Romo overwhelmed by reception
Romo went through the early pregame shooting drills with the Mavericks. The player was introduced to the crowd at the American Airlines Center.
“It’s been overwhelming. I had close to 600 text messages that I’m still working on and then a hundred and something calls and a bunch of other stuff,” Romo mentioned
“I guess it just makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something in some ways, even though I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish.”
Tony Romo takes Devin Harris one on one. Nothing but net. pic.twitter.com/RGbPRdHEqN
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) April 12, 2017
Romo, who was a decorated high school basketball player and remains the all-time leading scorer at Burlington (Wisconsin) High School, might even be tempted to get in the game. But the retired quarterback, who turns 37 on April 21, has not signed a contract and realizes his game might not be NBA-ready.
“I’m pretty sure I cannot go and play 10 or 15 minutes. Pretty sure if I did, I’d probably wake up tomorrow feeling a little sore. We don’t like that at my age,” Romo stressed.
Romo has recently joined CBS Sports to become the lead NFL analyst of the network. The 6-ft-2 man was released by the Cowboys last week. This ended his 14-year run with the franchise which saw him become the team leader in touchdown passes and passing yards.
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