Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is one of those guys who just seems to flourish at anything he does.
After Pro Bowls and records with the Dallas Cowboys, he decided to become a broadcaster with CBS. Many felt he could still play, but he threw himself into his new role. He did so well that Sports Illustrated named him their 2017 Media Person Of The Year.
One of the biggest moments, for Romo, was to come back and call a Cowboys game. For so long, he’d been taking the field. How did he feel watching the game – and new quarterback Dak Prescott – from the booth, still being involved but also being so far away?
“The first Cowboys game for me was difficult for many reasons, Romo said, per Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. “To feel the warmth of the crowd made it feel like what you did was worth it, if that makes sense. I don’t know, it just makes you feel special. When you are sitting there feeling that way, you feel humbled and proud, and your kids are there, and when you have kids it is just a feeling of deep-rooted joy that they get to be part of it, and I didn’t have that when I was younger. But doing the game part was difficult. If you listened to the second game, I let it go a little more, and in the future I am pretty sure I will treat it like every other game.”
He does sound very happy with his new job, especially because of the impact it has had on his family life.
“I have three young boys—5 years old, 3 and basically 13 weeks old—and it is really fun being around them,” Romo said. “The 5- and 3-year-old are really at a fun age, and I want to teach them and be around them and play with them. I am not naïve about how fast they grow up, and I have a job that allows me to be home during the day. That is a very unique and special thing for a dad, and while they don’t know any different, hopefully they will one day. So for me this job allows me to hopefully be a decent dad and to do a good job at that—and still be in the game of football. I think this is the one job that allowed me to do that.”