Tony Romo steps out of ‘bubble’ to respond to Peyton Manning criticism

Tony Romo took the high road.

The former Cowboys quarterback opted not to fire back at Peyton Manning’s jab, insisting he’s merely excelled at broadcasting because of his passion for it, and not because he was focused on it previously.

Manning, who passed on a job as a “Monday Night Football” analyst because he didn’t want to analyze brother Eli’s play, seemed to take a recent jab at Romo.

“I saw where Tony Romo said that he always knew that he wanted to be a broadcaster,” Manning said, according to CBS Radio. “Well, I always knew I wanted to be a football player. That’s all I knew. I was all-in on that job. I didn’t think about anything else while I was playing.”

Romo, the lead NFL analyst for CBS, responded in an interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

“I actually hadn’t heard those comments. I like to tunnel the little bubble I live in. But, ultimately, that’s something I never actually said,” Romo said. “I didn’t start thinking about being a broadcaster until I was contemplating retirement. And so at that point, then you’re going to start thinking about your next stage.

“Like anything, when you’re playing football, it’s all-consuming. Literally, nothing else [matters]. … When you go off to training camp, you don’t even know what’s happening in the world. I feel like right now it’s also still a little bit of that being a broadcaster. I love it, I enjoy it. But I think that was never a part of the mindset when you’re playing football. I mean, that would be silly to say you were thinking about something like that.

“I’m done playing, I’m in broadcasting and golf, and say, ‘Hey, if we’re going to do this, let’s not be average, let’s try and be really good at this.’ And that’s the next mindset you do. For me, it would be hard for me to sit back and say, ‘Oh, I’m pretty good.’ That’s not my mental makeup.”

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