Romo suits up for Mavs, Should Rip City follow suit?

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From USA Today & Associated Press —

Tony Romo said he was embarrassed over the reaction to his announcement that he was retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining CBS as a top football analyst.

And that was before he went through the layup line for the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Romo, who played for the Cowboys for 14 seasons, got to say his goodbye to the city when he joined the Mavericks in their home finale, going through warm-up drills and sitting on the bench during the game. He wore No. 9, the jersey number he had with the Cowboys.

When the team came on to the floor, Romo jogged on just ahead of Dirk Nowitzki. In the layup line, he dribbled behind the back and hit his first layup, then waved to the crowd. He hit a jump shot in the warm-ups, drawing a big response from the fans. He played in some one-on-one drills, stopped to pose for some photos and was introduced with the Mavericks lineup pregame.

Romo then addressed the crowd: “This is an honor that  I could never have dreamed of. To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed. But I tell you what, I’m a really lucky guy. Thank you Dallas, I love you.”

Earlier in the day, Romo said it was a “no-brainer” to accept the offer of a tribute from Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle.

Despite chants for him to enter, Romo didn’t get in the game. The Mavericks lost 109-91 to the Denver Nuggets.

“Obviously we knew we couldn’t check him in,” star Dirk Nowitzki said to The Associated Press. “We were faking it and the crowd was loving it. And they wanted to see him out there so bad. We just couldn’t pull it off.”

Romo could not actually get into the game because he wasn’t on the roster and didn’t sign a contract.

“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. “I don’t feel like I deserve anything like this. I feel like this whole week has been emotional in the sense of just the outpouring of support from people who appreciated you and loved you. I can’t say enough. Just to say thank you to Coach and everybody else. It’s really just an honor to be able to do this.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

 

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