If you happened to be wondering whether Tony Romo will make an NFL comeback, well you should probably stop that.
At least, that’s what Tony Romo says.
During an appearance Wednesday on NFL Total Access, Romo shot down any speculation of a return to football, saying, “Oh yeah, probably a good chance. We’ll see how it plays out. I think you’ll find—I’m joking. Like I said before, I’m done.”
The operative phrase in that quote is, “Like I said before.”
Unless Romo gave some other, super-secret interview in which he dismissed any chance of a football comeback, he did not say that he was “done.” What he said, during a press conference back in April, was far less definitive.
Romo said, “I wish I could tell you unequivocally, 100 percent, for the rest of my life, I’ll never play any sports at all. 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.”
Perhaps a few months of enjoying golf and leisure, after a career of getting chased and crushed by 300 pound linemen, has made Romo warm up to the idea of committing to retirement?
Romo seemed very comfortable with the idea of his new job later in the NFL Total Access interview, “I’m pretty happy and excited about the opportunity that was presented to me. I got coach [and veteran CBS play-by-play man] Jim Nantz teaching me all the tricks of the trade that I’m going to be behind on, but I’m improving fast.
“I’m excited about it. It gives me a chance to compete, get better and improve. I get to be passionate about the game, hopefully teach a little bit, hopefully make it a little bit entertaining along the way. It’s going to be fun.”
Speculation over Romo’s return will likely run all season long. Though, ironically, Dak Prescott might have more say over how long and how intense that speculation becomes. If Prescott stays healthy, Romo likely stays in the booth. However, should Prescott struggle or get hurt…
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