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Tony Romo Retiring From NFL to Become CBS Broadcaster: Reports

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Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on Jan. 1, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 02:26 PM

Tony Romo will be on TV during next year’s NFL season, but not on the field throwing a football. Instead, he’s reportedly retiring from the game and replacing Phil Simms on CBS as an NFL broadcaster.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was expected to be released from the team Tuesday.

Romo, 36, has had a string of injuries over the last few years that often kept him out of the game, only playing five games in the past two seasons. Last year, he suffered a near season-ending injury during the preseason, which gave rookie QB Dak Prescott the chance to show what he could do.

By the time Romo was back in the lineup, he was second fiddle to Prescott who led the team to an impressive regular season record of 13-3, finishing first in the NFC East standings.

Despite his battle with injury, many expected Romo to sign with a new team this offseason, whether that was going to be a trade or free agent signing.

Neither of those appear to be the case, though.

Sources told ESPN "Romo's decision came down to his health," and that "his family and his health are paramount at this time in his life."

Romo finishes his famed yet complex career with 34,183 total passing yards, 248 touchdowns and 117 interceptions in 156 games. He appeared in four Pro Bowl games and led the Cowboys to the playoffs four times.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, Fox Sports had their sights set on Romo as well, but CBS “outbid” Fox to acquire the former quarterback.

“CBS outbid Fox Sports for Romo’s services, sources said,” according to Ourand. “Fox Sports wanted Romo to replace John Lynch as the game analyst on the net’s No. 2 broadcast team. Just a couple of weeks ago, Fox was considered the front-runner to land Romo, since it carries the NFC package that Romo knows so well.”

“But a concern for Romo was that another former Cowboys QB, Troy Aikman, is the net’s top NFL game analyst, and he is not likely to leave the booth any time soon,” Ourand added.

Twitter had mixed reactions to Romo's retirement and move to broadcasting.

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