Even in retirement, the Tony Romo rumors surrounding a possible comeback are still a hot topic among NFL fans, especially in the Dallas Cowboys’ territory. Never before in recent history has a player walked away from the game of football, signed a deal to be a TV analyst, and had so many comeback rumors attached to him all before he is even officially retired and has yet to still call his first NFL game from the booth.
One reason the Romo rumors seem to kick up every week or so may be due to the way the whole Tony Romo deal, or lack of a deal, went down. However, many fans, along with several coaches and former teammates still believe that Romo could once again be behind center sometime in the near future. Is this all just media hype, or something that has real truth behind it?
Remember, it was just three months ago when all of the Tony Romo rumors were the hottest sports topic on the internet. Is Romo headed to Denver, Houston, or possibly to Chicago to finish his career with the Chicago Bears? Where will Romo go? Then on April 4, the surprise announcement came that Romo would retire and take a job working for CBS.
It was quite a shock, even to NFL fans who aren’t particularly Dallas Cowboys supporters. So why are all the grumblings once again starting that Romo could be on standby for a comeback? There appears to be a few reasons why Tony Romo really may not be done on the gridiron after all.
According to NFL.com, the Dallas Cowboys are keeping Romo’s number and locker open for the time being. Really?
“Nobody is wearing No. 9 on the current roster and unless they had a quarterback with an affinity for the number, it could be a while before they choose to give out the number.”
Is Jerry Jones trying to indicate that he, along with the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, is hoping for a Tony Romo return? If that wasn’t enough, over the weekend, Cowboys quarterback coach Wade Wilson told Scout.com that it would be “fun to speculate” on Romo returning from the broadcast booth should something happen to entrenched starter Dak Prescott.
“You know it’s hard to say. Those conversations about Tony and ‘What’s he going to do, is he going to Houston, is he going to Denver, is he going into broadcasting?’, they were way above my floor, where I’m at. It’s fun to speculate about that, if Dak were to go down in week 2, would Tony come back? I don’t know the answer to that. I just don’t know. Do I think he’s capable of coming back and playing? Most definitely. Does he want to or what his commitment is to the network? I don’t know that, so it’s fun to think about, and it’s fun water-cooler topics to talk about, [even without] information to make a definitive answer on that.”
Could Tony Romo follow in Brett Favre’s footsteps in the fact that one day he is through with the game, and the next he is back?
Tony Romo was ready to move on from the Cowboys and lead a team in 2017. He seemed healthy and excited about the next chapter of his playing career, then he abruptly retired in a move that even many NFL experts and owners found to be a bit odd. If Romo did at some point decide to return to the game, it probably would be with a team other than the Cowboys, especially after the way things seemed to come to a staggering and strange end in Big D.
Only time will tell if Tony Romo gets the itch to once again hit the field, but you can bet on one thing – after the first game that Dak Prescott throws an interception or two, the “where’s Tony” hype will start all over again.
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