Tony Romo has received overwhelming support since announcing his intention to leavethe NFL and become a CBS analyst.
The former Cowboys quarterback will be a"Maverick for a day"for the team's final regular-season home gameTuesday against theNuggets and is overcome with gratitudeahead of the NBA game.
"At first I was just feeling like I didn't deserve any of that," Romo said afterthe team'smorning shootaround, via ESPN. "No one does, but at the same time just the honor that the organization —and Coach [Rick Carlisle]and Mark [Cuban] and Dirk [Nowitzki]—to just do something like that, it just makes you feel special.
"Standing here today, I feel a little embarrassed, to be on honest, in the sense that you're lucky enough to be in a position that someone cares enough to do something to honor you. I'm a lucky guy."
Of course, players being players, Nowitzki couldn't help but poke a little fun at Romo.
Fan appreciation night. Also honoring @tonyromo tonight. Come early and you can watch him shoot some airballs in layup line....
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) April 11, 2017
Although Romowon't play in the finale, he'll suit up in a Mavericks uniform, participate in pregamewarmupsandsit on the bench with the team. He even tookpart in a team photo and shot a few baskets during the morning shootaround.
Team Photo Time. pic.twitter.com/NsdTJaqdt5
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 11, 2017
Romo is out here looking like Ray Allen coming off that screen (via /r/NBA) pic.twitter.com/odKe7lRJuX
— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) April 11, 2017
"It's been overwhelming," Romo said."I had close to 600 text messages that I'm still working on and then a hundred and something calls and a bunch of other stuff. I guess it just makes you feel like you've accomplished something in some ways, even though I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish. And I've got to live with that. That's part of playing sports. It doesn't always go the way you expect.
"And so this week has been special in the sense that people have made me feel that they appreciated me, that they enjoyed me playing and being the quarterback and that it meant something to them and they wanted to root for me and they were passion about it. I can't say thank you enough. It really has been a very special week."
Romo will alsohave his very own cheering section at American Airlines Center, asCowboys coach Jason Garrett and a number of his former teammates are expected to be in attendance.