Tony Romo retires from NFL to move into CBS broadcast booth

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Tony Romo is heading to the broadcast booth. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Tony Romo will move into the CBS broadcast booth after he officially retired from professional football on Tuesday.

The Dallas Cowboys released Romo from his contract on Tuesday afternoon so the 14-year veteran can pursue a career as a TV analyst.

In announcing Romo’s release, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: “We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best. As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.

“Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field. He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.”

Romo had spent the past several weeks working through the decision to retire, sources told ESPN, and had told Jones before Tuesday’s announcement. Reports said Romo will be joining CBS as its No 1 color commentator alongside play-by-play veteran Jim Nantz. Former NFL quarterback Phil Simms will thus be bumped as the network’s top football analyst.

The 36-year-old Romo has appeared in just five games over the past two seasons because of a twice-broken collarbone and broken back, and has been supplanted as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback by Dak Prescott, who had an impressive rookie season.

Romo finished his career with four Pro Bowl selections, and he completed 65.3% of his passes for a franchise-record 34,183 yards, 248 touchdowns and 117 interceptions over 10 seasons as Dallas’s starter. But he failed to deliver a Super Bowl for the Cowboys, and won just two of the six postseason games he played.

In November last year, he told reporters that his desire to play pro football still burned. He said: “If you think for a second that I don’t want to be out there, then you’ve probably never felt the ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn more now than ever. It’s not always easy to watch and I think anyone who has been in this position understands that.”

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