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Since his retirement back in April of 2017, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has never stopped being a part of the NFL spotlight as one of the sport’s top broadcasters.
Romo will often call a play before it even happens — which some fans love, some hate — and his octaves tend to drive some fans nuts during big moments of big games. But even with these criticisms, Romo is still a fan favorite.
To gauge how important Romo has become in the eyes of his current employer CBS, consider they are paying Romo $17 million a season to broadcast games with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Nantz, who is slated to make a cool $6.5 million himself in 2021.
In the history of broadcasting, we’ve never seen such a green broadcaster basically do just about everything right and look so comfortable doing it.
On Wednesday, Romo did a media call for CBS in preparation for the Thursday Night Football opening, when the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa.
The promo didn’t focus on Dallas and Tampa Bay exclusively though. In fact, Romo spent considerable time praising Zach Wilson, the new QB for the New York Jets. Romo said Wilson will be in the “Mahomes Stratosphere” in the next couple of years.
“I think Zach Wilson is going to be in the discussion as one of the top three to five quarterbacks [in the league] very quickly,” Romo said.
“Within the next couple of years, I think you’re going to see him rise. I think he’s unbelievable. His ceiling is so high.
“It’s rare for me to say someone has the ability to get in the stratosphere of a Mahomes, but I think this kid actually has that ability. So when you have a quarterback like that, I think there’s no telling how good you can be. He can make up for a lot of weaknesses in a lot of areas for a football team.
New York Jets GM Joe Douglas likewise gave Wilson props for how he’s played during the preseason.
“He’s been everything we’d hoped for scouting him at BYU,” Douglas told the press on Wednesday.
“Just his passion for the game, the way he soaks up information, his process, his preparation, just the way he gets ready for practices. It’s been good seeing him download this information, not making the same mistake twice.”
So Douglas is high on Wilson, as is Romo. But Romo also says to look out for another team — the New England Patriots.
“I’m convinced the Patriots are for real. No one’s gonna want to play them,” Romo said.
We will see whether Wilson and the Patriots are two predictions that come true in 2021, or whether Romo falls flat on his face making picks.