Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is set to hang up his cleats and retire, according to a new report. Cowboys fans have been left shocked and devastated by the news as the beloved player moves on to the next chapter in his life.
Tony Romo, 36, will be retiring and going directly into broadcasting, ESPN first reportd. The Dallas Cowboys are set to officially release him on April 4. Upon hearing the news, Cowboys fans took to Twitter to send their love and voice their heartbreak over Tony leaving “America’s team.”
Tony Romo is retiring 😥
— Alexis Bettis (@LexissTuneChi) April 4, 2017
Tony Romo is officially gone ☹️💔
— Noah Tamez (@BigDreams_016) April 4, 2017
Tony Romo to retire 😭😭😭
— Scubaa-Steve (@StevenAndrew_23) April 4, 2017
Tony Romo was extremely good and I feel bad for those of y'all who couldn't enjoy that for dumb reasons. Hope he kills it as an analyst
— 24Keiran Magic (@Ryan_Keiran) April 4, 2017
Tony Romo is retiring, going into broadcasting – it's a great move. An awesome QB, he'll have great insight into the game.
— Brendan (@brentweeted) April 4, 2017
Congrats to Tony Romo on his next chapter!
Sometimes the universe gives us what we need rather than what we want 👍🏾 https://t.co/PJIKbzt1XW
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneESPN) April 4, 2017
Thankfully, Tony is not leaving football for good. He’s joining CBS Sports’ NFL team, according to our sister site Deadline. He will replace the network’s lead analyst Phil Simms, 62. He joins a team of analysts that includes Steve Beurelein, 52, Randy Cross, 62, Dan Fouts, 65, Trent Green, 46, Rich Gannon, 51, and Steve Tasker, 54.
The decision to end his football career came down to his health and family. A compression fracture in his back in Aug. 2016 left him sidelined for many games in his last NFL season. He played in five games overall in the past two seasons.
A position in broadcasting will allow him to spend more time with his family. His wife, Candice Crawford, 30, will give birth to their fourth child in Aug. 2017.
Tony has been with the Dallas Cowboys for his entire NFL career. Reports of Tony’s departure have been going around for weeks. The Houston Texans wanted their shot at Tony, HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY, but Tony decided to go in a different direction with his life.
Regardless of his performance in the last couple of seasons, Tony is and always will be a Dallas Cowboys legend. We’ll miss him on the field, but we’re excited to see him try his hand at broadcasting! We salute you, Tony!
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