DALLAS - Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has made the decision to head to the broadcasting booth and leave his football career behind.
The move comes as the Cowboys are on the verge of releasing Romo and designating him as June 1 cut.
Sources close to Romo tell WFAA Sports that Romo’s decision to retire is the culmination of a gradual shift in the former Cowboy quarterback’s thinking.
At the end of last season, Romo was focused on returning to the field, but as time passed, his thinking changed and he has opted for a decision that ensures his long-term health and will mean more family time immediately.
Rom has received offers from CBS, NBC, and FOX and will make his decision known soon.
The move means the last play of Romo’s career will be a touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in Philadelphia.
Romo ends his playing days owning many of the Cowboys passing records; heady stuff for an undrafted quarterback out of Eastern Illinois.
He joined the Cowboys in 2004. Romo threw for 34,181 yards with 248 touchdowns and 117 interceptions.
Romo compiled a 78-49 record in the regular season, but perhaps will be remembered most for his struggles in the postseason winning just two of six playoff games, and failed to lead the Cowboys to a conference championship game.
In a released statement, Jerry Jones wished him the best, calling Romo one of the greatest players in Cowboys history:
"Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field. He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves."
Dallas Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said Romo has a competitive spirit.
“Tony Romo has a unique combination of athletic ability, arm talent, vision, and instincts for the game. What separates Tony from many other players, however, is a rare competitive spirit. Tony loves to play. Tony loves to compete. The best ones always do. In practice. During games. On the field. Off the field. Tony competes to the end in everything that he does."
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