The Highlight: Tony Romo discusses predicting plays and whether or not he'll ever play again
Without a doubt, Tony Romo's abilities in the booth calling NFL games is one of the happiest surprises of the season.
The former quarterback spent 13 years with the Dallas Cowboys before being ousted by the younger, stronger, faster Dak Prescott. Romo had options to play elsewhere, but decided his body had had enough. It didn't take him long to find another gig.
Romo's precognitive spider-sense of being able to predict what an offense or defense would do next became a viral sensation. He's often times one step ahead of NFL defenses and half a block in front of viewers at home.
Speaking with Peter King, Romo was asked how the hell he's been able to correctly predict so many calls.
“That’s a tough question to answer," said Romo. "I don’t think I do it that often. I know the viral sensation of the world we live in, with social media everywhere. But I only do it maybe three times a game. I’m just trying to think along with the game, to say what I see. It comes down to years of experience, knowing the defense as well as the offense. It’s been natural for me to feel what the quarterback is thinking and feeling at the moment.
“As far as what I say … I want people to feel when the game’s on the line how important the play is. It’s like, you’re at dinner or in the bar with your buddy, and you look up at the game on TV and say, ‘You gotta see this!’ That’s the way I want do the games.”
You know you're not half bad when you're sitting on a couch and still higher up the depth chart than a pro athlete in his 20's holding a clipboard. When Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodger suffered a broken collarbone in week six against the Minnesota Vikings there was serious discussion about Romo's availability.
According to Romo, it sounds like he doesn't spent much time thinking about a return.
“I don’t really think about that,” Romo said of possibly playing again. “When I make a choice—and I bet it was the same with [Cris] Collinsworth and [Troy] Aikman—you know how much effort goes into it. You gotta give everything you got to this. You can’t fake things. You gotta be yourself. You always hope people enjoy it. The goal is to talk to the guy having a beer next to you, just explain the game. And if I can do that, I’ve done my job.”
Read the rest of Romo's chat with King here.
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