Many people have had strong opinions about how well Tony Romo called the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals, the Chiefs’ final regular season game on CBS.
Though formerly widely regarded as the NFL’s second-best color commentator, Romo has been drawing criticism this year for, among other things, stating the obvious more often than usual.
Romo has also been saying on air that he doesn’t understand what happened on certain plays, which is the last thing an analyst should say. But in an interview with BroBible, Romo admitted that he can’t win over every critic.
He said –
“You’re always trying to do the right thing. At the core, there are just more people now who feel like telling me how they think I’m doing. I have people coming up to me on the street far more than my first couple of years.”
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Romo broke up those conversations. He began –
“At first, they’d mostly tell me how much they love to listen to me and all these positives, so it’s fun.”
“When you’re young and you come out and you’re good, then you’re dealing with more expectations. You find out some people don’t like you and some people want you to do things differently and do this and that instead. You’ve gotta stay true to who you are.”
“You can’t please everyone. I know that because the number of people who come up to me has quadrupled since the first two or three years. The thing is, the people who really love you aren’t gonna keep going out of their way to say, “I love you.” They’re not going to keep tweeting, ‘He’s the best,’ every week, right? So, that goes away and then you hear more negative stuff, but that’s just noise.”
CBS officials reportedly met with Romo many times throughout the offseason to help him rediscover his broadcasting groove with play-by-play partner Jim Nantz. Nantz reportedly flew to Romo’s house in Dallas with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and chief NFL game producer Jim Rikhoff.
Romo signed a 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS in 2017, and he has been there ever since. He became a fan favorite right away because he was able to correctly call plays before they happened and sounded like a real fan of the game on the mic.
The Post went on to say that CBS executives will meet again to discuss the Nantz-Romo duo after the “intervention” failed to yield the desired outcomes this season. Nantz and Romo will call Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas next year.