Tony Romo: Retiring has 'everything to do with CBS,' despite offers from Texans, others

The Mavericks are giving Dallas fans a chance to say farewell to Cowboys great Tony Romo.

Tony Romo said Tuesday it was a difficult decision to retire from the NFL.

The now-former Cowboys quarterback still had options to remain in the league and said the Texans were at the top of his list.But Romo said during a conference call that CBS simply made him an offer he couldn't refuse to become the network's new lead NFL analyst.

"It really had nothing to do with the Texans. It had everything to do with CBS," said Romo, who will replace former Giants quarterback Phil Simms as the broadcast partner of lead play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz.

"I felt like it was the right decision. My wife would tell you we've had a lot of late nights. It was nice to have some clarity."

While often injured during his 14-year NFL career, all with the Cowboys, Romo has the third-highest passer rating of all time among quarterbacks with at least 10 years in the NFL. Undrafted out of Eastern Illinois in 2003, Romo became the Cowboys' all-time passing leader, though postseason success never followed.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, himself a former Dallas quarterback, called Romo "one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history" and Romo thanked the Cowboys, specifically owner Jerry Jones for remaining in his corner.

Romo said he's as healthy as he's been in at least three years and believes he can still play. He admitted his "competitive fire is never going to go away," but said he'd channel that energy into "attacking" his new role at CBS.

"If I'm not very good right away ... I'll be spending 20 hours a day trying to figure it out," he said. "I've come to this decision because I'm excited about this craft.

"If this wasn't something that I was really excited about, or something I didn't really want to do, I wouldn't have made this decision."

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