Romo replaces Phil Simms on CBS lead NFL broadcasts
CBS Sports has named former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as their new lead analyst replacing Phil Simms. He will be joining the network’s lead broadcast team led by Jim Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, starting this fall.
The announcement was made this afternoon by the network that the change at the top was going to be made. CBS held a teleconference with the media giving both Romo and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, a chance to talk about how the new partnership.
“As we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Phil Simms who served as our lead NFL analyst for nearly 20 years,” said McManus. “Phil has been a very important part of our coverage since the NFL returned to CBS in 1998. His strong opinions, coupled with his tremendous knowledge and passion for the National Football League, has created a unique broadcasting style making him one of the best analysts to ever call the game. We are discussing with Phil his future role with CBS Sports. We cannot thank him enough for the way he has represented himself and CBS Sports during his tenure as CBS’s lead NFL analyst.”
McManus, was quick to note the network was working with Simms to give him an important role in the CBS coverage of the NFL.
“When you think about the NFL, two of the most iconic brands are the Dallas Cowboys and CBS Sports,” said Romo. “Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true. I have always known that once my playing career was over I wanted to become a broadcaster. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Jim as I learn the craft and convey to fans my passion for this great game.”
Romo also told the media during the conference call that he felt that it was time to step away from the game. He feels that he can bring his fire and passion to the broadcast booth. He also said that he does not see himself going back to playing football, but he was 99% sure he won’t come back to play.
Quotes in this story came from the conference call and from the CBS PR department.