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Details Emerge From Tony Romo's First Meeting With CBS

tony romo smiles during the cbs upfronts

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Tony Romo attends the 2018 CBS Upfront at The Plaza Hotel on May 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Tony Romo never made the Super Bowl as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, but he'll be part of this year's contest, calling the New England Patriots-Los Angeles Rams game for CBS.

The second-year NFL analyst has become, arguably, the best analyst in all of sports - or, at least, the most-talked about.

Romo decided to leave the NFL for the broadcast booth in 2017, retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and taking the lead analyst job with CBS.

Contact between Romo and CBS had occurred a couple of years earlier, though.

From Sports Illustrated:

Back in 2015, McManus spoke with Jerry Jones at a party two nights before Super Bowl XLIX (Seahawks vs. Patriots). With Romo standing nearby, McManus asked for the QB’s take on the upcoming matchup. “He gave a seven or eight-minute presentation on how the Seattle defense could stop Tom Brady and how the Patriots could take care of Russell Wilson,” McManus recalled. “It was amazing. He was enthusiastic. He was engaging. I walked away from that meeting and I said to [CBS Sports president] David Berson, ‘I think that’s our next analyst whenever he retires.’”

Romo and CBS stayed in touch for the next two seasons and then had a formal meeting in 2017.

CBS brought outs its big guns to meet with Romo, including then-CEO Les Moonves, for a meeting at the Super Bowl in Houston.

The group kept chatting for nearly two hours, with the CBS crew noticing time and again Romo’s natural skills, which had previously wowed producers and Jim Nantz. “You could see when he was talking about defensive schemes or quarterbacks, he was so engaging and so much fun to listen to,” McManus said.

Clearly, CBS' decision has paid off.

Sunday, Romo will be on the call for the Patriots-Rams Super Bowl game. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.