It’s not likely that anyone expected former NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tony Romo to exchange barbs through the media this summer, but here we are.
Manning, who retired from the NFL following the 2015 season, has become a sought after figure for television networks searching for their next color commentator.
Romo, who retired after the 2016 season, made the leap to the broadcast booth in 2017 and instantly became a fan favorite due to his relatable knowledge of the game (and his genuine excitement during big moments).
It’s understandable that networks are hoping they can lure Manning to the booth in hopes of recreating some of Romo’s magic.
So far, however, Manning has been resistant to the move.
And for whatever reason, the former Tennessee Vols quarterback took a slight dig at Romo when explaining why he’s not enthralled with the idea of joining a broadcast team.
Manning told reporters earlier this summer that he was “all in” on being a NFL quarterback during his playing days. He insinuated that Romo didn’t carry the same mentality during his career.
From Yahoo Sports:
Manning: “I saw where Tony Romo said that he always knew that he wanted to be a broadcaster. Well, I always knew I wanted to be a football player. That’s all I knew. I was all-in on that job. I didn’t think about anything else while I was playing. And I think that’s a good way to be. I think you’ve got to be all-in on what you’re doing.”
Romo recently responded to Manning’s remarks, telling 105.3 The Fan that he never made that comment. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback said “I didn’t start thinking about being a broadcaster until I was contemplating retirement”. Romo added “I think that was never a part of the mindset when you’re playing football. I mean, that would be silly to say you were thinking about something like that.”
It’s obvious that Manning enjoyed a better NFL career than Romo. But it would be unfair to suggest that Romo didn’t have as much success because he was focused on a broadcast career. Manning’s career was special and rare. Romo still had a solid career, which included four trips to the Pro-Bowl. That’s impressive for a guy who went undrafted in 2003.
I can’t see Manning and Romo taking their summer “feud” much further, but it’s still a bizarre exchange between two former players who are typically removed from these types of situations.
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