NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON) – Tony Romo is trading in his shoulder pads for a CBS Sports navy blazer as the network and CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus announced today that the former Cowboys quarterback will join Jim Nantz on the lead announce team for NFL on CBS on Sunday and their coverage of Thursday Night Football.
Romo had been the biggest offseason story as both he and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones contemplated the next course of action after Romo was dethroned by rookie phenom Dak Prescott. While there were several teams potentially interested including the Houston Texans, no teams were willing to acquire the often injured quarterback via trade.
“Tony has been one of the NFL’s biggest stars for the past decade, and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports,” said McManus. “He will bring the same passion, enthusiasm and knowledge that he displayed on the field to the broadcast booth. He brings a fresh and insightful perspective to our viewers having just stepped off the field. We know Tony will quickly develop into a terrific analyst, and alongside Jim Nantz, will become a must-listen for fans each week.”
Romo took to his social media to let everyone know his intentions as the story began to break through Twitter and other avenues. Romo wearing his new sports jacket joked it was time to start “dressing up”
Romo expressed his excitement for the next chapter in his career in the CBS press release.
“When you think about the NFL, two of the most iconic brands are the Dallas Cowboys and CBS Sports,” said Romo. “Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true. I have always known that once my playing career was over I wanted to become a broadcaster. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Jim (Nantz) as I learn the craft and convey to fans my passion for this great game.”
CBS acknowledged that Romo will replace Jim Nantz on the top broadcast team, but did not announce if he will be moved to a different team, moved to the set of NFL Today or released all together.
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