He "was recruited by a few mid-major basketball schools, such as Wisconsin-Green Bay, but he had already committed to Eastern Illinois for football".
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo impressed fans Tuesday at the American Airlines Center by showing off his basketball skills during the Dallas Mavericks' pregame warmups.
But one former Maverick knows Romo's basketball abilities better than most.
The sellout crowd at the Mavericks' game against the Denver Nuggets - a battle of two teams eliminated from National Basketball Association playoff contention - was delighted to have a chance to cheer Romo. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called Romo, and franchise icon Dirk Nowitzki also sent Romo a text message hoping he would take part in the tribute.
"For me, it's a huge honor just to see that they want to do something just to say thank you for your career, what you did for the city to help the city and they way that I've supported them", Romo said at the Mavericks shootaround Tuesday morning. Butler told ESPN that Romo was quite the standout during his high school basketball days - so much so that Romo could've picked going to the NBA over the National Football League and Butler wouldn't think twice about the decision.
With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the Mavericks down double-digits, a "ROMO, ROMO" chant broke out. But the retired quarterback, who turns 37 on April 21, has not signed a contract and realizes his game might not be NBA-ready.
"Standing here today I feel a little bit embarrassed, to be honest", Romo said.
Nowitzki had nothing but praise for Romo's football career in which he walks away as the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing yards (34,183), passing touchdowns (248), passer rating (97.1), completion percentage (65.3) and most 3,000-yard passing seasons (seven). "We've talked over the years about some quarterback stuff and I enjoy watching him play".
Romo said he looked "like a turtle" compared to the seven-foot National Basketball Association players. Romo will be a Maverick for day and ride the bench when the team plays the.
Archer speculates that "whenever Romo opts to officially retire, he could re-sign with the Cowboys in a ceremonial way and then be placed on the reserve/retired list". "I've got to live with that and that's part of playing sports". "It's a little embarrassing, but I'll tell you what, I'm a very lucky guy".
Tonight gives fans in the Dallas area a chance to say goodbye to Romo one last time given his abrupt retirement announcement last week. It goes to show how everybody feels about Romo. "I'm pretty sure if I did I'd feel really sore tomorrow". Romo was retrieved by Cuban, to the boos of the crowd.