Tony Romo Press Briefing on Joining CBS

Q)What are your thoughts on joining CBS?

Tony Romo: It’s going to be a great challenge for me. I’m going to have to learn this craft, and I’m going to have to improve. And improve quickly. That’s kind of exciting. The competitive aspect of that gets me excited to get up and go attack it. I hope that I’m able to make the CBS family proud of their decision.

Q)How big a challenge is it to become a lead network analyst?

Romo: I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I’m expecting it to be difficult and that is no different than when I came to the NFL. But, like anything in life, you go attack it. You wake up every day and give everything you’ve got. If you have any ability at all, you’re going to at least achieve your potential. That’s what we are trying to do over and over again. Figure out how to basically reach your potential in whatever field you go into in life.

Q)What is it like being on a new team?

Romo: It reminds me of my rookie year when you really don’t know anything. You’re walking into a brand‑new situation. You’re trying to play the game. I can talk, but this is a completely different world. There is a lot of subtlety involved, just like playing the quarterback position. You have to figure out what the difference is, and how to succeed. I like that challenge. I think it’s going to be enjoyable trying to be great at something. I’ve had that in football for 20 years basically now…I’m going from being the old man to all of a sudden being the young man…It’s exciting. I’m pumped to get started.

Q)How challenging is to the come right off the field into the #1 seat?

Romo: I’ve got to go attack this just like football and see where I’m good and where I’m not… If there is a strength of mine, it’s my ability to learn. If I’m not very good right away, my hope is it doesn’t take too long. And if I’m not [good right away], I can promise you I’ll be spending 20-hours a day trying to figure it out… That’s the approach I’m going to take, and I think that gives me the best chance to succeed.

Q)Why do you want to be a broadcaster?

Romo: This is a decision that I come to because I’m excited about this craft. I’m excited about trying to be really good at this. I understand the challenges ahead. I also understand that it can be pretty fun trying to attack something and do something at a high level. If I’m not very good, I can tell you I won’t be sleeping very well.

Q)Why did you choose broadcasting over playing?

Romo: I’m making the decision to go to CBS because I am choosing CBS over playing football… That’s the decision I want to make. Not because I’m being forced to… I’m excited about this. It’s going to be great, and hopefully I’m good enough to do this for a really long time

Q)What are your thoughts on Jerry Jones?

Romo: I’ve never had a better boss, owner or mentor than Jerry Jones. I’d be remiss if I went through this entire conversation and never mentioned how much he’s meant to me and how much he’ll mean to me going forward because he’ll always be in my life, and I’ll always be in his.

Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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