Brady Quinn’s advice to Tony Romo: “Go get that ring”

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Quarterback Tony Romo has chosen to stop playing even though he still could. Another quarterback who went from playing to broadcasting has a message for Romo: Don’t stop playing.

“As a competitor and  as a former player and even as a Tony Romo fan, it’s kind of disappointing,” Brady Quinn told PFT Live on Thursday regarding Romo’s decision. “Because the guy’s playing at such a high level. If he is healthy, if he can play, why not, man? Go get that ring. It burns inside of me to want that for other players, because in my mind things got cut short and I wasn’t able to fully live out the dreams and the goals I had for myself.”

Unlike Romo, Quinn tried to exhaust all of his football opportunities, and he saw it as a “tough pill to swallow” when the time came to transition to a job that entails “watching the game you love to play.”

“You want to be down there,” Quinn said. “It’s tough to be able to move on from it.”

Quinn also was asked to explain the advice he’d give to Romo. Regardless the obvious reality that Romo will be criticized even more as a broadcaster than as a player, Quinn provided an important clarification: Players are in a better position to ignore criticism because of the “tunnel vision” that comes from being in the midst of a week-in, week-out quest for victories. Broadcasters don’t have that same focus, and without a scoreboard telling Romo whether he won or lost in a given week, he may be inclined to absorb what the critics and trolls are saying.

Quinn made another great point that plenty of players-turned-broadcasters don’t realize: You think you’ll have more time with your family, but you won’t.

Football players are home for nine of the 17 weeks of a football season. Broadcasters hit the road every weekend. For Romo, who will be doing Thursday night games and Sunday games for the first half of the season, he’ll likely be home on Monday and gone on Wednesday at the latest.

And then there’s the work.

“It’s just as much preparation if not more as a broadcaster because you have to watch all three phases, both teams, throughout the course of the week,” Quinn said. “Not just one opponent. So I definitely think it’s a bigger commitment than people realize.”

Romo may realize the magnitude of the commitment. He may realize the temptation that will arise from working games involving quarterbacks who can’t play as well as he still could. And he may not be as good in the job as everyone assumes he’ll be; the added pressure of walking through the door as the No. 1 analyst at CBS will make it even harder for him.

“What keeps CBS from not replacing him from someone like Drew Brees or Peyton Manning?” Quinn said, and that’s fair to consider, given the swift and decisive and dispassionate way in which CBS cut bait on a guy who had been in the No. 1 seat for years.

All factors considered, there’s a chance that once Romo gets a taste of life in the booth, he’ll decide that life isn’t really for him, at least not while he can still play. Which is likely the real reason he asked to be released by the Cowboys — and the real reason he declines to use the word “retired.”

24 responses to “Brady Quinn’s advice to Tony Romo: “Go get that ring”

  1. Look Quinn was not a good NFL QB, he is better in the booth. Romo is looked at as some premiere QB, when you wonder why since he has won nothing. Why would Romo with to many back injuries screw up possibly his life when he can live the cushion life in the booth.

  2. “What keeps CBS from not replacing him from someone like Drew Brees or Peyton Manning?”

    Gue$$ing we could think of several million reasons to go along with the obvious one that they can’t kick Romo to the curb quickly and expect to have anyone worth a damn want to go to work for them if they do that after the shabby way they’ve treated Simms. It’s very surprising that CBS is putting him directly into Simms’ 2 game a week chair right off the bat, even Madden did a 2 year apprenticeship before moving up to the # 1 team.

  3. After 10 years of playoff futility, Romo is all of a sudden going to win it all. Sounds like a Cinderella story that will never become true.

  4. I think he will play in 2017 with Texans or Denver. He is to competitive not to go for the Ring..

  5. A guy who never had a shot at a ring telling another guy who never had a shot at a ring to go get that ring. That is like one OL telling another OL to go eat a carrot. Will never happen.

  6. Romo wouldn’t win a SB in either Houston or Denver. At this point, he’s too fragile.

    Take the $$ and save us all from Simms blathering and commentary like this gem, “To be a forward pass, the ball has to go forward.” Brilliant!

  7. Really Quinn?? Is that advice from your illustrious career? Jealous that Romo gets such a great gig out of the gates?

  8. A highly drafted guy that was a major bust giving advice to an undrafted guy that far exceeded any expectations. Hey Brady, you are a good announcer…..otherwise, let’s keep the advice to a minimum.

  9. I sort of get Quinn’s point, but to somehow think he knows what Romo is going through is silly. Their careers couldn’t be anymore opposite from each other. I have no idea how many games Quinn actually started in the NFL but I don’t think it was many and with that compared to Romo’s tenure with Dallas, I don’t think it’s fair for Quinn to put himself in Romo’s situation. I’m not usually in the habit of defending Romo, but I don’t blame him for getting out now. He was a solid QB who fell short in the playoffs a few times, but I have to respect his talent at the position and retiring before he gets another serious injury is fine in my book.

  10. Romo could go to the Texans and instantly be contenders with their #1 defense. If he still wants to play football that would be the right move.

  11. Romo is not getting any younger, faster, or less brittle.

    Nor is he likely to carry a team to a Lombardi trophy in his first year with the new club.

    Take the money and the microphone.

  12. Why does anyone care what a guy who barely started a season’s worth of games in his NFL career think?

    And just what health risk does a Brady Quinn take in returning to the NFL?

  13. Quinn’s comments are ridiculous and I’m sure that Romo really cares that Brady Quinn is disappointed in him. Romo has had multiple serious injuries and surgeries, I’m sure his decision was based on what is best for his long term health.

    Romo has 2 young children and another on the way, I’m sure he would rather be able to play with his children without experiencing debilitating pain than live up to Brady Quinn’s expectations.

    Sorry if that Brady Quinn is disappointed by that, what a clown.

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