Caron Butler thinks Tony Romo 'could have easily' pursued basketball career

Butler and Romo were named to the All-Racine County basketball team in Wisconsin in 1998.

It's hard to picture Tony Romo in uniform for a team other than the Cowboys.

The quarterback turned commentator led a Hall of Fame career on the football field over 14seasons in Dallas,but former NBA star Caron Butler thinks Romo could have also leda successful career on the basketball court.

"Believe it or not, man, when we were in the prime of our careers, I used to always talk about it: [Romo] could have easily been a professional basketball player," Butler told ESPN. "And a lot of people were like, 'Man, you're crazy for saying that,' but Tony could shoot. He could handle the ball. He had a knack for scoring, man, he really did."

Butler got an up-close look at Romo's court skills in high school, as the two were named to the All-Racine County basketball team in Wisconsin in 1998. Based on what he saw then, Butler thought the veteran signal caller possessed all the skills necessary to play basketball at a professional level.

"He was a really good football player, obviously, being a quarterback. He was great at golf. And he was really good at basketball," Butler said."Obviously it worked out for him with the football, but I wouldn't have been surprised if he would have made it playing basketball.

"He had a great feel for the game, man. And it's not surprising. Golf is a cerebral game; you gotta have that mental component to conquer the course. And then football's the same thing; you gotta be able to think on the fly and do all these things. And then basketball, I thought, all those components worked together."

Romo will have the opportunity to experiencewhat could have been when he serves as"Maverick for a day"for the team's final regular-season home gameTuesday against theNuggets. Though hewon't see any court time, he'll suit up in a Mavericks uniform and sit on the bench with the team.

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