Tony Romo confirms CBS Sports move with tweet

The Cowboys quarterback was asked several times Tuesday during a CBS call announcing his hire by the network whether he was done playing football. His play ultimately rewarded him NFL Rookie of the Year honors, but the only reason why he saw the field in the first place was due to Romo's devastating injury suffered in the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks.

It was originally expected Romo would be dealt, with the quarterback-strapped Texans seen as a contender, but his long-term health and a desire to spend time tipped his decision to retire.

On Tuesday, Burlington High School 1998 graduate Tony Romo, who played 14 seasons at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, announced his retirement from the National Football League as the Cowboys released him.

"Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true", Romo said in a statement.

The Dallas Cowboys have officially permitted the request of star quarterback Tony Romo to be released on Tuesday, revoking their sole rights on him.

According to Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner stated in a press release that they wished Tony and his entire family nothing but the best.

Romo leaves as the Cowboys all-time leading passer and as one of the good guys.

The Giants and Cowboys have had plenty of close games during the tenure of both quarterbacks, and even though Romo wasn't close with many opponents off of the field, he feels that his relationship with Manning is a special one.

Romo joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois in 2003.

But Romo never parlayed his regular-season success into deep playoff runs the way Roger Staubach and Aikman did before him, going 78-49 as the starter but 2-4 in the postseason, with no road victories and no trips to the NFC championship game. You always leave yourself a little wiggle room, but I understand what it takes to play football. Jones has called not being able to win a Super Bowl with Romo one of his biggest regrets.

Neither Jason Garrett nor any other coach was mentioned and there might be an underlying theme for the reasoning of this. Tony loves to play. "Tony competes to the end in everything that he does".

  • Angelo Rivera