Tony Romo On His Early Days As An Announcer: ‘I Am The Worst Announcer Ever’

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It hasn’t taken long for former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to become a major factor in the broadcast booth on CBS week in and week out.

Sunday in the season opener between the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, Romo was right back at it with broadcast partner Jim Nantz. He delivered a broadcast that was a little bizarre but that still got the job done as the defending AFC Champs pulled out a late win over Baker Mayfield and Cleveland.

Romo recently did an interview with Jimmy Traina on the Sports Illustrated podcast ‘You would’ve been like,’ and opened up about a number of things, including how he felt things went in his first season as a TV analyst.

Mind you, the former quarterback was given a healthy paycheck of $17 million per season and is having fun with his role calling plays before they happen.

“I watched myself. It was so boring, Jimmy,” Romo told Traina. “‘This guy needs to stop doing this right now.’ That was the start of me listening to myself.’

“It was just trial and error and gaining an understanding of what I would want to hear. When I listened to it, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I am the worst announcer ever. I am so boring.’ I cringe already listening to myself, but that, I was like, ‘Ugh, disgusting.’”

Romo did an excellent job recovering and learning at the same time, and CBS was patient and allowed him to make mistakes.

The expensive deal with Romo is one that likely will pay off for CBS in the end, as fans are anxious to tune in and see what Romo says next.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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