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Tony Romo Heading to CBS as Color Commentator

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Tony Romo has officially called it a career after multiple reports today have confirmed that Romo will join CBS and pursue a career in broadcasting.

Romo, 36, will be replacing Phil Simms as the top color commentator for CBS and will work alongside Jim Nantz every Sunday during the NFL season. For the first time in 15 years, Romo will be in the booth rather than the sidelines when the 2017 NFL season kicks off in September.

Romo’s impending replacement to Simms may come as a shock, but in an article written in the “New York Post,” Simms talked about how last season began to take a toll on him.

“I struggled a little bit with my health last year, physically,” Simms said. “I had rough moments. I got through them, but I want to enjoy the whole thing. I don’t want it to be like, ‘OK, I made it through the day.’ Doing half the year is going to make it a lot easier, too.”

Simms is an analyst on CBS’s “Inside the NFL,” so time will tell if he will remain a part of the show or if he will give up his broadcasting role altogether.

For the football side of this move, Romo retires as a 14-year member of the Dallas Cowboys, failing to bring a Super Bowl to Big D.

Romo finished his career with 34,183 passing yards, 248 touchdowns, a 97.1 passer rating and four Pro Bowl appearances.

But the number that stands out the most in Romo’s career is his postseason record: 2-4. Romo’s losing record in the postseason is why Fox Sports Analyst and Cowboys fan Skip Bayless was shocked that Romo quickly decided to head to the booth.

“Tony Romo just showed he didn’t really care that much about his legacy, about winning,” Bayless said.

The big winners Bayless said later on in today’s episode of “Undisputed” was Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott.

It had been becoming apparent that Jones was extremely reluctant to let go of the man he dreamed of his Cowboys leading to a Super Bowl and it was clear Romo was tired of being patient and was ready to move on to the next phase of his life.

Prescott now has the keys to the Cowboys offense with no shadows hanging over his head. Jones must now bet on his rookie sensation to lead the Cowboys to Atlanta next year.

The teams outside of the Cowboys affected by Romo’s announcement today were the two teams who were the front runners to land Romo initially: The Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos.

Both teams could’ve been able to knock off the New England Patriots in the AFC had they been able to acquire Romo. The Texans will lead with Tom Savage and the Broncos will have a competition in training camp between Trevor Siemien and Paxton Lynch.

Romo’s focus for broadcasting is in football, but being the scratch golfer he is, he may try to cover golf with CBS some day.

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Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul Automobile Accident Blamed on Bad Weather

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A recent automobile accident the occurred in Broward County in South Florida involving Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rushed Jason Pierre-Paul is being attributed to bad weather, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the report which cites a crash report that they had obtained regarding the accident, Pierre-Paul was driving a $350,000 Ferrari 88 Pista when he crashed into a concrete barrier back on May 2nd.

Officials believe that Pierre-Paul lost control of the car around 2:38 AM and collided with a concrete barrier on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, adding that there were no skid marks or debris found in the roadway. Officers did not believe that Pierre-Paul was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and did not test him for it.

In conclusion, officers believe “weather conditions”, more specifically wet roads, caused Pierre-Paul to lose control of the car and crash into the concrete barrier. Pierre-Paul and a passenger in his car were transported to a nearby hospital.

Pierre-Paul is considered likely to miss the entire 2019 NFL season after suffering a fractured neck due to the accident.

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Panthers’ Greg Olsen Donates $2.5 Million to Pediatric Cardiac Center

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Carolina Panthers veteran tight end Greg Olsen, and his wide, recently made a $2.5 million donation to help establish the HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center in Charlotte, North Carolina o expand access to vital therapies that improve survival rates and quality of life for children with congenital disease, according to an official announcement from the Atrium Health Foundation.

“While most know Greg Olsen as a Pro Bowl Tight End for the Carolina Panthers, we at Levine Children’s know him and his wife, Kara, as visionary leaders and champions for pediatric congenital heart disease,” said Stacy Nicholson, MD, president of Levine Children’s, as he announced the transformational gift, according to an official release.

Greg and Kara Olsen started the HEARTest Yard initiative in 2012, initially focusing on home health care for children with congenital heart disease. The Olsens have a son with a congenital heart defect. Back in 2017, the couple helped launch a cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic at Levine Children’s, which is currently one the few such clinics in existence in the United States.

“This new center will be a game changer for the children of the Carolinas,” said Nancy Dobrolet, MD, director of the cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic.  “Thanks to the Olsens, and their many supporters, we provide the best comprehensive cardiac care in the country for young heart patients.”

The HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center, scheduled to open in 2021.

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Paying for Funeral Expenses for 8th Grade Football Player

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Ellitt is paying for the funeral expenses of promising eight-grade football player Jaylon McKenzie, who was killed by a stray bullet as he left a party near St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday night, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Elliott grew up in St. Louis, and wanted to keep the matter between him and the McKenzie family.

“Zeke is really a special guy,” coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “He’s a great football player obviously, but he’s a really good person and that doesn’t surprise me one bit.

McKenzie’s mother, Sukeena Gunner, said that her son was trying to leave a party in Venice, Illinois, when a fight broke out. Illinois State Police say that McKenzie was struck by a stray bullet and passed away at a local hospital.

“He’s just very generous. He’s got a great spirit about him. We see that every day as players and coaches. Anybody that’s been around him knows that, and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that he would get involved there. He’s someone that a lot of people look up to, a lot of people certainly in St. Louis and Missouri, Ohio State, all across the country. If you’re a fan of football, you know Zeke Elliott, and anybody who’s been around him on a daily basis knows what kind of person he is.”

McKenzie was a stand out running back and had already received college scholarship offers in 8th grade. He was selected to compete in the All-America All-Star Game in Canton, Ohio during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.

A 15-year old girl, who was also hit, remains in critical condition.

 

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