He may be hanging up his football cleats, but it appears as though Tony Romo will be suiting up one more time for Dallas.
As in, the Dallas Mavericks.
According to Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press, the Mavs are planning a tribute and a “very special sports experience” for the retiring quarterback for their final home game on Tuesday:
“Two people with knowledge of the plan told The Associated Press that Romo would be in uniform wearing his familiar number – on a Mavericks jersey – while sitting on the bench. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the tribute haven’t been released.”
Many thought that Romo would be wearing an NFL jersey next season. No one likely guessed that the last time we would see Romo in uniform would be for the Mavericks in a completely different sport.
Since Dallas is currently carrying 14 players, one shy of the NBA maximum of 15, it leaves room for the honorary spot for Romo. Also, since the team has been eliminated from playoff contention for a couple of weeks, it makes for an appropriate situation in what should be a never-before-seen event.
If you’re wondering if the connection between the Mavericks and Romo extends beyond the basic setting of Dallas, it does. Romo was a frequent front-row fan who sat directly next to the team’s bench during his time with the Cowboys. According to ESPN’s Mark Stein, he has also grown close to team owner Mark Cuban, coach Rick Carlisle, future Hall of Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki and others in the organization.
“I can’t get into specifics at this time, but encourage fans to be in their seats when warmups begin at 7:15 p.m.,” Carlisle told Dixon regarding Tuesday’s season finale via text message.
Romo was released from the Cowboys on Tuesday, which happened to be the same day that he announced that he’d be replacing Phil Simms on the No. 1 broadcast team for CBS, alongside friend and play-by-play genius Jim Nantz. He had been involved in trade rumors for various NFL teams, but decided to retire instead, likely due to his recent history of serious injuries.
If you were wondering, Romo last played organized basketball in high school. If the game is a blowout, it would be a hoot to see what he could do on the court.
While that’s unlikely to happen, Mark Cuban will want to ensure that fans are engaged and there until the final whistle. Therefore, maybe there’s a chance!