While Tony Romo was successfully defended his celebrity golf title in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course this past weekend, he was having shots being thrown at him by Peyton Manning out of nowhere.
The former Denver Broncos QB may have taken a veiled shot at Romo for his dedication – or lack thereof – to the game during his Dallas Cowboys days.
The 43-year-old was said to have reportedly turned down a job as a Monday Night Football analyst because he didn’t want to analyze or criticize Eli Manning or any of his friends in the league. He also said this:
“I saw where Tony Romo said that he always knew that he wanted to be a broadcaster. Well, I always knew I wanted to be a football player. That’s all I knew. I was all-in on that job. I didn’t think about anything else while I was playing. And I think that’s a good way to be. I think you’ve got to be all-in on what you’re doing.”
The former Cowboys quarterback, who is now the lead NFL analyst for CBS, responded in an interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
“I actually hadn’t heard those comments. I like to tunnel the little bubble I live in. But, ultimately, that’s something I never actually said,” Romo said. “I didn’t start thinking about being a broadcaster until I was contemplating retirement. And so at that point, then you’re going to start thinking about your next stage.
“Like anything, when you’re playing football, it’s all-consuming. Literally, nothing else [matters]. … When you go off to training camp, you don’t even know what’s happening in the world. I feel like right now it’s also still a little bit of that being a broadcaster. I love it, I enjoy it. But I think that was never a part of the mindset when you’re playing football. I mean, that would be silly to say you were thinking about something like that.
“I’m done playing, I’m in broadcasting and golf, and say, ‘Hey, if we’re going to do this, let’s not be average, let’s try and be really good at this.’ And that’s the next mindset you do. For me, it would be hard for me to sit back and say, ‘Oh, I’m pretty good.’ That’s not my mental makeup.”
Manning was clearly the more successful quarterback, but if he ever tries his hand at broadcasting, he’ll have a tough time trying to live up to what Romo is currently doing with his new profession.