Stepping away from football is never an easy decision, especially for athletes who've experienced success at the NFL level.

But for Tony Romo, hanging up the cleats and grabbing a microphone is the right move to make.

According to ESPN, Romo had multiple offers from broadcasting corporations to join their top teams as an NFL analyst. Romo went with the best offer available and agreed to join Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth as the top color analyst for the NFL on CBS.

Romo's decision had nothing to do with a lack of a competitive spirit. The offers to continue playing in the NFL were there, and rightfully so. During his NFL playing career, Romo went 78-49 as a quarterback, completed over 65 percent of his passes and threw for more than 34,000 yards.

If the circumstances were different, I guarantee you that we'd see Romo back in an NFL uniform. But Romo's decision to join CBS as an NFL analyst was about one thing: the future.

When Romo looked at the future, I imagine he saw two versions: a comfortable, happy broadcaster with a caring family and a mangled, empty shell of a quarterback who fights through everyday aches and pains from a long and tenuous NFL career.

It's no secret that Romo's NFL career was riddled with injuries. After Romo went down with a compression fracture in his L1 vertebra back in 2016, ESPN compiled an article looking at the unfortunate pains with which Romo is all too familiar.

From broken collarbones to ruptured disks to compression fractures, Romo's dealt with essentially every common quarterback injury apart from an ACL tear and concussion issues. Based on his health history, I don't think Romo wanted to test his luck and risk more bouts with constant pain.

And that's why I respect Romo's decision and won't even begin to question his competitive nature. That's why Romo made the smart decision and joined CBS while the interest and offers were at their peaks.

Romo saw the writing on the wall. He saw an injury-riddled past, remembered the daily pains and struggles to fight his way back to health and wanted to free himself of that pain.

Tony Romo made the smart decision for his finances, his dignity, his family and his health.

[Source: ESPN]

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