Tony Romo announces retirement
- Updated: April 4, 2017
During his career, Romo threw for more passing yards and passing touchdowns than any other quarterback in franchise history. He’s also suffered more injuries. Few injuries have caused him to miss much time.
In 2010, he suffered a broken collarbone that caused him to miss eight games. The Cowboys went 1-7 and fired coach Wade Phillips in his absence.
In 2015, he missed 12 games with a fractured clavicle. He injured it further coming back around Thanksgiving. The Cowboys started Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore with him out. The quarterbacks went 1-11 combined and the Cowboys went from 2-0 to 4-12.
In fact, it was his latest injury that cost him his starting job. In the Cowboys third preseason game last August, Romo suffered a spinal injury. That left rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to be the starting quarterback. Prescott was originally the team’s third-string quarterback. He impressed so well, the Cowboys decided to start him, even when Romo was healthy.
Prescott went on to win the offensive rookie of the year. He finished with 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2016. The Cowboys finished the 2016 season with a 13-3 record and clinched the #1 seed in the NFC throughout the playoffs. Unfortunately, they fell to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round.
Shortly after announcing his retirement, news broke that Romo will join CBS. He will replace Phil Simms in being a color analyst alongside Jim Nantz. Romo may also join Nantz in the booth for golf broadcasts.
Reports also came out that Romo had considered taking the Houston Texans quarterback job before announcing his retirement. Houston traded quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a second round pick on March 9.