Twitter Reacts to Tony Romo's Reported Decision to Retire, Go into Broadcasting

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 4, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo's long, strange offseason has finally offered some resolution, as he will retire from the NFL after 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.     

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer reported Romo will go into broadcasting after Dallas releases him Tuesday. 

Darren Woodson, who played 12 seasons with the Cowboys from 1992-2003, offered a farewell to Romo:

Darren Woodson @darrenwoodson28

Tony Romo plans to retire from football, go into broadcasting https://t.co/pDgrztcESM

Ryan Field of ABC 7 in Detroit praised Romo for walking away from the sport the way he wanted to:

Ryan Field @RyanFieldABC

Good for Romo going out on his own terms. Had a good career and can now enjoy a nice paycheck without getting hit for a living. #Cowboys

NFL Memes used an image to sum up what every fan of the Houston Texans is probably thinking at this point:

NFL Memes @NFL_Memes

Texans fans waking up and seeing that Tony Romo is retiring https://t.co/W2ACV6WLW5

Romo spent his entire career with the Cowboys after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He led the franchise to four playoff appearances as the starting quarterback and was named to the Pro Bowl four times.        

An NFL executive told Schefter that teams will still be keeping their eyes on Romo:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

One NFL exec texted now: "Romo is now every teams emergency backup qb in case your starter gets hurt, pay him to come out of "retirement.' "

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports argued the 36-year-old is an underrated quarterback from an era that features heavy hitters such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees:

Pete Prisco @PriscoCBS

If this is the end of his playing days for Tony Romo, one of the most under-appreciated QBs of all-time will be leaving the game.

Pete Prisco @PriscoCBS

Romo is 21st all-time in TD passes and 29th in yards and fourth all-time in rating — the last a favorite stat of some QB cults

The only thing missing from Romo's resume is a Super Bowl win, though he was hardly the biggest problem for the Cowboys in their recent playoff failures. He threw for eight touchdowns and two interceptions in six postseason games. 

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News noted Romo is following in excellent footsteps:

Barry Horn @bhorn55

Tony Romo to TV: The most successful ex-Cowboy QB to tiptoe into broadcasting is Troy Aikman. The 1 who became biggest TV star: Don Meredith

One reason Romo may have felt comfortable making this decision is because of how lucrative his NFL career has been, per ESPN's Andrew Brandt:

Andrew Brandt @AndrewBrandt

Romo career earnings over $127 million in 14 seasons. Not bad for a guy who signed as an undrafted free agent for a $10,000 signing bonus.

Here is a look at the best-of-the-rest reactions about Romo's plans to go into broadcasting:

Barstool Sports @barstoolsports

#RIP in peace Tony Romo https://t.co/59T10vW9rK

Evil Mike Tomlin @EvilMikeTomlin

Romo retiring for career in broadcasting, he will cover only the regular season and plans to not show up for playoffs

Faux NFL Network™ @FauxNFLnetwork

SOURCES: Tony Romo fractures collarbone signing with CBS. Out 2-14 weeks

nick wright @getnickwright

I've always liked Romo, but if he becomes the reason there's less Phil Simms on my Sundays he might become my favorite football player ever.


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