Former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells applauds Tony Romo for retiring

Bill Parcells was instrumental in getting Romo to the Cowboys, and thinks Romo made the right choice to leave football behind.

Bill Parcells has finally spoken out about Tony Romo's retirement.

The former Cowboys coach was instrumental in bringing Romo to Dallas, prompting him to take less money than he would have with other teams.

However, Parcells said Romo was smart to call it a career, especially after the slew of injuries Romo has sustained over the years.

"I was glad he retired," Parcells told the New York Daily News. "Enough is enough. You got to know, this is hazardous to your health."

The Texans and Broncos were reportedly interested in Romo, who lost his starting position to rookie Dak Prescott last year following a preseason back injury. Romo has also missed significant time to injuries, including a pair of back injuries and multiple breaks of his collarbone.

Even though Romo was had to sit for three seasons before becoming the Cowboys starter, Parcells says he had to be sure Romo was ready after getting signed as an undrafted rookie from Eastern Illinois in 2003.

"I really believe I handled him the right way when he was young," Parcells said. "If I had thrown him in there, it would have been tough. He was indiscriminant. It took a while. When we got (Vinny) Testaverde down there (in 2004), it was a big help to Tony. Vinny was very meticulous, very studious, very professional in his training and his weight lifting. Tony got to see that."

Parcells retired from coaching following the 2006 season — Romo's first as a starter. The Hall of Fame coach also fought to draft former Tennessee tight end Jason Witten in the third round of the 2003 draft. Parcells offered an opinion on Witten, too.

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"I wish Jason Witten had retired," he said.

Witten, who has been selected to 10 Pro Bowls and is the Cowboys' all-time leading receiver, signed a four-year contract extension last month.

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