Romo is a star in the making and CBS knows it.

Tony Romo welcomes his new challenge as the lead analyst on the NFL on CBS

Tony Romo thinks life as the NFL on CBS lead analyst job is something he looks forward to mastering. One of the worst kept secrets in television sports was CBS wanting to replace lead analyst Phil Simms, with former Dallas Cowboys back-up quarterback the aforementioned Tony Romo.

But Romo has never annualized a single moment of a telecast but CBS is putting on their lead broadcast team with play-by-play man Jim Nantz along with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, starting this fall.

I was on the press call and curtesy of CBS Sports here are some of the highlights from the open conversation with Romo.

ON CHALLENGES OF COMING RIGHT OFF FIELD INTO NO. 1 SEAT

ROMO: I’ve got to go attack this just like football and see where I’m good and where I’m not… If there is a strength of mine, it’s my ability to learn.  If I’m not very good right away, my hope is it doesn’t take too long. And if I’m not [good right away], I can promise you I’ll be spending 20-hours a day trying to figure it out… That’s the approach I’m going to take, and I think that gives me the best chance to succeed.

ON BEING A BROADCASTER

ROMO: This is a decision that I come to because I’m excited about this craft.  I’m excited about trying to be really good at this.  I understand the challenges ahead.  I also understand that it can be pretty fun trying to attack something and do something at a high level.  If I’m not very good, I can tell you I won’t be sleeping very well.

ON CHOOSING BROADCASTING OVER PLAYING

ROMO: I’m making the decision to go to CBS because I am choosing CBS over playing football… That’s the decision I want to make.  Not because I’m being forced to… I’m excited about this.  It’s going to be great, and hopefully I’m good enough to do this for a really long time

ON JERRY JONES

ROMO: I’ve never had a better boss, owner or mentor than Jerry Jones.  I’d be remiss if I went through this entire conversation and never mentioned how much he’s meant to me and how much he’ll mean to me going forward because he’ll always be in my life, and I’ll always be in his.

Quotes provided by CBS Sports

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.