SAN ANTONIO – Former Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo is turning heads and receiving a lot of praise after excelling in his TV debut as an NFL analyst during the season opener between the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans.
Romo surprised many NFL critics and fans alike as CBS Sports No. 1 analyst, taking to social media to share their thoughts about the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback’s new calling.
In a video posted to Twitter, Romo is heard showing off his knowledge accurately predicting plays before the ball is snapped.
The video has since gone viral with the tweet saying, "Tony Romo's going to be so good at this."
Many on social media shared the same theme, with one Twitter user sharing, "When Tony Romo's making his broadcasting debut, and he's actually, really good."
When Tony Romo's making his broadcasting debut, and he's actually, really good: pic.twitter.com/R4vztNoW9E— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 10, 2017
“Romo already creating a broadcasting legacy betting on plays before they happen…and being right,” another user said on Twitter.
"I've got $5 this is a run to the left."— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) September 10, 2017
Romo already creating a broadcasting legacy betting on plays before they happen...and being right. pic.twitter.com/PWRf754qBM
Romo, who retired shortly after the 2016 season, played 13 seasons with the Cowboys and was the starting quarterback for 10 years.
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2003, Romo eventually climbed his way up the totem pole and replaced Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe for the starting job during the 2006 NFL season.
After several successful seasons under his belt that never reflected well into the playoffs, Romo was hit with an injury during the Cowboys’ third preseason game, causing him to miss the first 10 games of the last year’s season.
The starting duties were handed off to 2016’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott who led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the NFC East title.
Months after the 2016 season, Romo announced his retirement and was soon hired as CBS Sports’ lead color analyst, replacing longtime analyst Phil Simms.
In the build up to the start of the 2017 season, all eyes were once again on Romo and for many on social media, he did not disappoint.
Check out what NFL critics, fans had to say about Tony Romo’s TV debut.
Let's just say Tony Romo knows how to read defenses. Impressive debut for him in the booth. pic.twitter.com/dkBiAu24eS— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2017
Romo has perfectly predicted 2 of the last 3 plays by Titans... Damn.— Jonathan Deutsch (@JonathanD_TV) September 10, 2017
Can't ever remember gaining as much strategic insight from announcers as I have from Romo in just over one quarter. https://t.co/jZUxYjHcqi— Dan Turner (@dtsturner) September 10, 2017
Romo was pretty good in his 1st CBS game. A little gee-whizzy, good-goshy. But good enough to think less & less about a comeback.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 10, 2017
Romo isn't even playing and people can't stop making turnover jokes pic.twitter.com/69cTm88Pw0— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) September 10, 2017
Tony Romo with a little excitement here: "Boom! I'm back, baby! I'm Beast Mode!" pic.twitter.com/KUeWTOrVDZ— Brandon George (@DMN_George) September 10, 2017
Tony Romo is 1-0 on my Twitter feed with a passer rating of 148.6. pic.twitter.com/6BIoTN8FXL— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) September 10, 2017
nice job by the rookie @TonyRomo calling his first game - oftentimes before the plays even happened— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 10, 2017
Evaluating the newcomers:— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 12, 2017
Tony Romo: A+
Rex Ryan: F
When the announcer is calling plays out before they happen...— FanDuel (@FanDuel) September 12, 2017
Tony Romo is now the "Football Whisperer". 👀pic.twitter.com/MwwmhR32gM
This is by no means a shot at Tony Romo, but 30 years from now will we know him more for his broadcasting career or his playing career?— Jared Sandler (@JaredSandler) September 12, 2017
Jerry Jones watched Tony Romo's entire first broadcasting game. Saying it's always been his gift to read & see things before everyone.— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) September 12, 2017