Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, is a Dallas Maverick. Or, at least, he’ll be one for a short period of time.
Romo will join the Mavs on the bench for Tuesday’s home finale. The 36-year-old retired from football earlier this month and is set to join the booth this fall, calling NFL games for CBS. But before that, he’ll join his long-time buddy Dirk Nowitzki for the final game of the Mavericks’ 2016-17 season.
A winner of 78 games for the Cowboys, third-most of any quarterback in franchise history, Romo also starred as a basketball player in high school. Former Maverick Caron Butler, who shared a spot on the All-Racine County (Wisconsin) boys’ basketball team in 1998, told ESPN he believes Romo could have been an NBA player.
“He was a really good football player, obviously, being a quarterback,” Butler told ESPN. “He was great at golf. And he was really good at basketball. Obviously it worked out for him with the football, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if he would have made it playing basketball. He had a great feel for the game, man. And it’s not surprising. Golf is a cerebral game; you gotta have that mental component to conquer the course. And then football’s the same thing; you gotta be able to think on the fly and do all these things. And then basketball, I thought, all those components worked together.”
Former Maverick Quinn Cook interviewed Romo will the former was still playing college ball at Duke, and they played a friendly game of 1-on-1.
In addition to simply being a good player in high school, Romo has attended several Mavs home games per season for years now. It’s every fan’s dream to play for his favorite team, and now Romo will get to dress for the Mavericks, while the club and its fans will be able to honor the long-time Dallas QB.
He’ll address the media along with head coach Rick Carlisle Tuesday morning at 10:30. What, exactly, is going to happen? How will it shake out? What all do the Mavs have planned? Mum’s the word, but Carlisle has recommended everyone gets to the game no later than 7:15 to watch the pregame festivities.