Tony Romo responds to Peyton Manning’s jab
Peyton Manning, perhaps inadvertently, threw a jab at Tony Romo while discussing a potential future in broadcasting. Manning mentioned that Romo said he always knew he wanted to be a broadcaster and insinuated that the former Dallas Cowboys QB wasn’t “all-in” on being a football player like he was.
In an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Wednesday, Romo got the chance to respond to Manning’s seemingly critical comments about his commitment.
“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 apart of the mindset when you’re playing football. I mean, that would be silly to say you were thinking about something like that.”
Whether or not Romo was offended by Manning’s comments wasn’t clear. But if he was, he did well to provide a diplomatic answer which clarified that what Manning was insinuating was not accurate.
Romo played in the NFL at a high level for a long time, which does not happen if he wasn’t fully committed to it. Just like Manning, he worked hard to be the best player he could be.
And now, he’s doing the same as a broadcaster and has become arguably the best color commentator in the game today.