Tony Romo continues to avoid the word “retire”

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The early days of Tony Romo’s non-retirement retirement will include plenty of talk about whether he is retired. In his first radio interview since not retiring, Romo was asked whether he’s retired.

“I literally had the opportunity to continue to keep playing football,” Romo told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Wednesday. “I’m choosing not to. I think that’s a pretty easy statement when it comes to what you’re doing. I mean, I know the ‘retired’ word is like this word that all of a sudden people [think it] has 90 different meanings. But it just feels like you’re done playing football. You want to call it retired you want to call it whatever you want, I’m moving on to talking about it, and like I said yesterday, I don’t envision that ever changing.”

“Retired” doesn’t have ninety different meanings. It basically has two: (1) ending a career in a given field; and (2) leaving from or to a specific place.

And as we’ve learned time and again (for example, currently with Marshawn Lynch), retirement isn’t permanent.

Romo said during his Tuesday CBS conference call that there’s a 99 percent chance he won’t return to football. Indeed, by getting the No. 1 spot on the network’s NFL broadcasts, it will be very hard for him to give up that seat. Only a very small handful of specific circumstances could make that happen.

One set of circumstances would be if Romo end up being not very good at his next job, which could prompt him to decide after a year (like Joe Montana did) to get out of TV. Then, Romo could in theory play for another year or two.

Either way, by securing his release from the Cowboys, Romo has the ability to return and play at any time, for any team. Whether he uses the word “retired” or some other label for now, the ability to play for someone else persists; the only question is whether the dominoes ever fall in a way that puts him back on the field.

33 responses to “Tony Romo continues to avoid the word “retire”

  1. Not sure how he could go from getting inside info on teams on Saturdays via his role at CBS to playing against them on Sundays. So at the very least, a mid-season return seems highly unlikely.

  2. Romo is a great guy. And one heck of a quarterback. Possibly the most intuitive touch and anticipation thrower of our generation. He could still play at a high level if healthy….

  3. Enough of this has been QB already. He’s never won a SB nor has he ever been in one and he’s only been to a few playoff games and most importantly, he won’t make it into the NFL HOF. So please, stop all this sheet already about a has been that never was.

  4. It’s a shame Romo didn’t get to play for Houston. Apparently Jerruh was terrified of that possibility and made sure it wasn’t an option. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming months. I wonder if Romo will stay “retired” or will find the lure of playing somewhere else to be irresistable? Time will tell…

  5. Well, he can avoid using whatever word he wants. His acceptance as a member of the #1 broadcasting team @ CBS for NFL football tells you everything you need to know about his probability of returning to football. He’s going to be broadcasting 2 games a week, that leaves little time to ‘prepare’ for a return to NFL level playing shape. The longer he stays ‘kinda/sorta/maybe/99% sure’ that he isn’t coming back, the more it ensures that he won’t.

    I don’t think that CBS would have included an ‘escape’ clause in his contract to let him go back to football if he is part of their #1 broadcasting team. If he was a part-time analyst I could see it, but as a full-time member of their #1 broadcast team I don’t. I’m pretty sure he had to make a significant commitment to CBS about not leaving for them to risk making him as prominent as they appear to have.

    If a team loses it’s starter *cough* Houston *cough* in TC or during the season, are they really going to want to bring in a 37 year old QB who has only played in 4-5 games the last two years and who has not been a part of any pre-season work this season as their ‘savior’? I don’t think so. If they were going to bring him in they would want him to be there for the full off season program to get in condition and learn the offense/ get acclimated to the receivers.

    Despite what Romo says or doesn’t say, his ship has sailed, he will not play football this season. I doubt he will ever play NFL football again.

  6. Actually.

    “leave one’s job and cease to work, typically upon reaching the normal age for leaving employment.”

    Thats the primary definitions.

    So apparently there is at least 3 meaning.

  7. In my fantasy world, Tony will come back & play! He will take his team to the playoffs, and beat Dak in said playoffs, and continue on to the SB. Revenge is sweet 🙂 It is obvious that JJ was overruled by JG & Stephen for most of last season and when he said Tony would be released over a month ago. Say what you will about Jerry Jones, but he does try to do right by his players. He just got overruled on this one, and I am back to feeling like I did when JG was hired!!!

  8. Good luck Romo. I really hope you make it or folks will play back that, “I want to do this for the next 15, 20, 30 years…” remark like they do Lebron’s “not 3, not 4, not 5…” stuff.

  9. As one Cowboys’s Exec stated, Tony Romo is solely responsible for us not being the Browns every year….no offense intended Browns fans. In my words, when JJ was doing all the drafting and making horrendous trades, the TEAM was very mediocre, sans about 2 years, of Romo’s career!! He laid it all on the line for the team, but too little, too late, after McClay and Stephen took over the draft board 😦 Dak benefitted thanks to JG, but did NOTHING, Romo could not have done, if he had stayed healthy the rest of the season with the team that was built for him !!!

  10. As one Cowboys’s Exec stated, Tony Romo is solely responsible for us not being the Browns every year….no offense intended Browns fans. In my words, when JJ was doing all the drafting and making horrendous trades, the TEAM was very mediocre, sans about 2 years, of Romo’s career!! He laid it all on the line for the team, but too little, too late, after McClay and Stephen took over the draft board 😦 Dak benefitted thanks to JG, but did NOTHING, Romo could not have done, if he had stayed healthy the rest of the season with the team that was built for him !!!

  11. The bottom line is the cowboys could have given him his release and he could have found the right situation for himself, but they didn’t do that. And please don’t bore me with the whole Romo-didn’t-want-to-be-released bit, because that makes no sense unless you are trying to get the best deal for your team (which is their right, by the way).

  12. When one changes jobs they are simply changing jobs, not retiring. Perhaps he doesn’t think of himself as “retired” because he has not retired.

  13. Retirement is permanent. If you say that you’re retired, then ‘unretire’, you weren’t really retired in the first place.
    And I don’t understand some of the hatred and vitriol directed at Tony Romo? He was a very good NFL QB, who gave it his all for his team for a lot of years, incurring a number of injuries along the way, which he always bounced back from.
    He’s going to be 37 this month, with that injury history. He has a young family to think of, and now has a very lucrative TV gig as a #1 NFL analyst. I don’t know, but I’m guessing he’s actually retired?!

  14. He’ll probably be a very good announcer… until it gets to the 4th quarter of an important game or the December playoff push.

  15. “Enough of this has been QB already. He’s never won a SB nor has he ever been in one and he’s only been to a few playoff games and most importantly, he won’t make it into the NFL HOF. So please, stop all this sheet already about a has been that never was.”

    Seriously? Tony wasn’t the reason that the Cowboys didn’t go to the Super Bowl. In fact most would say that the only reason the Cowboys were even in contention alot of years to go to the playoffs, was because of Romo. When you don’t have a defense worth a crap most of your career, it’s kind of hard to do it all on offense. As for the HOF, yeah he probably will get in, just not a first ballot. His numbers alone will most likely take care of that.

  16. Has anyone told him he’s using too much shoe-polish in his hair yet? That tweet from earlier this week was horrendous.

  17. I honestly am perplexed he got this job. He is not blessed with a true extraverted thinking sense. Not to say he is not intelligent because he is. He is more so thoughtful and measured and contemplative. He may actually be somewhat introverted.

  18. So, Romo won’t play football again, unless and until he does? I want to make sure I understand.

  19. Trouble is, it isn’t just his age or that he’s twice tried to come back from injury and not been able to stay on the field – it’s that such woes mean he’s hardly played for 2yrs. So if he steps away for a year he’d only be 38 in 2018 but almost 3yrs out of circulation. And we’re not talking Brady or Peyton-like eite magic but “merely” a decent QB. Add all that up and it just doesn’t add up!

  20. I think he’ll be a success in broadcasting: he has an easy, natural way of addressing people and a good football mind. What would bring him back is an injury to a contender, especially if the injured party is Dak Prescott. Tony would come back (CBS contract permitting) to run Dallas for a while if his replacement gets hurt.

    P.S. When running Romo down for late mistakes that lost games, it’s ok to critique the mistake, but remember the player was the only reason Dallas was IN any meaningful games in some seasons.

  21. Nobody else thinks this whole situation was pretty messed up? The Cowboys wouldn’t cut Romo, then suddenly allow teams to talk to him, then like 2 days later, he’s headed to CBS? Did the Cowboys only allow this because they knew he was gone? Did the Cowboys still refuse to cut Romo…encouraging him to retire a Cowboy?

  22. Tony Romo continues to avoid the word “retire”
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    “I literally had the opportunity to continue to keep playing football,” Romo told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Wednesday. “I’m choosing not to. I think that’s a pretty easy statement when it comes to what you’re doing. I mean, I know the ‘retired’ word is like this word that all of a sudden people [think it] has 90 different meanings. But it just feels like you’re done playing football. You want to call it retired you want to call it whatever you want, I’m moving on to talking about it, and like I said yesterday, I don’t envision that ever changing.”

  23. As stated earlier, he’s leaving the door open in case things don’t work out after a season at CBS. To announce an official retirement requires signing paperwork with the league and possibly closing the door to playing offers down the road. He’s keeping his options open as an ‘active’ player.

  24. He had his chance. Did the best he could and now it is over. Their is a reason why 75% of all pro football players never live to see their grandchildren graduate from Jr. High!!!!!

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