BY: Amir Rogers
As the 2016-2017 season concluded another one begins. In just 153 days the NFL season kicks off its 2017-2018 campaign. Although the season doesn’t begin for awhile, there is no doubt that all 32 teams are making adjustments to their 53-man roster. One of those 32 teams this off-season was the Dallas Cowboys, who recently parted ways from their ex-franchise quarterback Tony Romo. After a few days of testing the free-agent market, Romo announced his “retirement” from the field of play. Many feel that he never would get another chance at a starting position anyway after sustaining another injury that sat him for 10 weeks of the season. Others believed that he had a chance to play in the spotlight once again. One thing that isn’t debatable is that his effort will never be forgotten. Here are the pros and cons of Romo’s farewell.
The 14 -year veteran will now take his talents to CBS where he will serve as the color commentator alongside Jim Nantz during NFL games. With him retiring it allows the Dallas Cowboys to fully rely on second year quarterback Dak Prescott who had a superb rookie season last year after Romo being placed on injury reserve. But, his talents won’t be forgotten. Despite him being unable to take the starting role back, in just 14 seasons the San Diego native finished with 34,183 passing yards, 248 touchdowns, and a 97.1 percent passer rating. With these stats he will go down in history as one of the best Cowboys quarterbacks that ever played the game. Some of his records include passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, and most games with three or more touchdown passes. One of his most impressive career achievements is that he also held a higher passer rating in the fourth quarter than any other NFL quarterback from 2006 to 2013, according to ESPN.com.
People may feel that Tony Romo parting ways from playing football was a bad idea. One reason is because with him retiring his legacy as a player may not have been solidified. Although in 14 seasons he was a 4 time pro bowler, his legacy was never solidified due to lack of postseason success. For one Romo has suffered from 7 injuries in his career. In six playoff appearances he was only able to win two games against the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. He never made it beyond the divisional round.
Is retirement the right decision for Romo?
Some may question whether or not being released was a breaking point for Romo. After being a topic of discussion about potentially being traded on multiple sports platforms, it finally became reality. Since the Dallas Cowboys advanced to the playoffs with a rookie quarterback under center in Dak Prescott, people already suggested that the Cowboys part ways with him. Nonetheless, with both the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans passing him up it seemed like retirement was the only option. Considering Romo is 36 years old, I feel that his health, friends and family should now be his main focus.