"I'm just sitting on the bench", Romo said with a laugh, cameras snapped furiously as he was introduced at a press conference.
Tony Romo was dressed like a professional basketball player Tuesday morning at the American Airlines Center.
In case you were wondering, yes, Romo did play basketball back in the day.
Romo was impressed with what he saw up close and in person from the speed and the athleticism the Mavericks displayed during the shootaround. Romo, who elected to retire last week and pursue a career in broadcasting - passing on the chance to sign with the Broncos or any other National Football League team that may have coveted his services - will be honored for his career as a Dallas athlete by the Mavericks when they host the Nuggets on Tuesday night.
It was a week ago when Romo retired from the National Football League and announced that he was headed to the CBS broadcast booth. He lost his job as the Dallas starter to Dak Prescott last season and chose TV over pursuing a starting job with another team with his 37th birthday approaching next week.
"I can't say thank you enough", Romo said Tuesday.
If we are lucky as sports fans, we will get to see if Romo has the skills against the Denver Nuggets and Rick Carlisle will put him into the game for a minute or two.
To be clear - and somehow, a number of news outlets, in their overwrought "hot takes" about what a "clown show" this threatens to be, are failing to make this clear - Romo will not actually play, and never was actually going to play.
A long line of media members followed Romo off the court, then filled the room where Carlisle does his game-day interviews. "And a hundred-and-some calls and a bunch of other stuff". I guess it just makes you feel like you've accomplished something in some ways, even though I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish.
"And so this week has been special in the sense that people have made me feel that they appreciated me, that they enjoyed me playing and being the quarterback and that it meant something to them and they wanted to root for me and they were passionate about it".
"I don't if I can handle not being on the sideline and being part of a team trying to win a football game on Friday nights". Romo will suit up against Denver one last time, but not in any way you may imagine. He also has a locker. "He's stood for all the things great Dallas athletes stand for". He's been a great supporter of the Mavericks, a good friend to myself, Dirk, Mark and so many of us. "We want to pay a respectful tribute to him, and I know our fans are looking forward to that as well". Butler was on the Dallas roster but injured when the Mavericks won their only championship in 2011. "The money. Arizona, I believe, offered the most, probably around $20,000 or $25,000, which was like being rich at that time".