Romo addresses growing criticism
In recent years, former NFL quarterback and current CBS broadcaster Tony Romo has faced increasing criticism from football fans, radio hosts, and social media regarding his performance in the broadcast booth. However, Romo recently spoke out against his detractors during a CBS NFL media call, defending his broadcasting career.
A normal arc of a career
Romo dismissed the criticism as a “normal arc of someone’s career.” He compared it to the phenomenon of people rooting against successful athletes, mentioning Patrick Mahomes as an example. Romo believes that when someone excels at a high level, there is often a backlash from those who want to see someone new succeed. He emphasized that this pattern is commonplace in both broadcasting and football.
Critiques on social media
Romo acknowledged that social media platforms have become spaces where critiques are commonplace. He argued that consistently praising the CBS Sports broadcast crew on social media could be seen as “silly.” Romo also mentioned that he receives plenty of positive feedback from people who approach him and express their appreciation for the broadcasts.
Normalizing negative aspects
Romo highlighted that negative aspects, such as criticism, are to be expected in any career. He stated that these negative aspects are part of the natural progression of one’s professional journey. Romo admitted that if he were to ask fans if they still enjoyed the broadcasts on social media, the negative comments would likely resurface.
Previous concerns and controversies
Last year, a report from the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand discussed concerns about Romo’s preparation for NFL telecasts during the offseason. The report also mentioned efforts by CBS executives to help Romo develop better on-air chemistry with his broadcast partner, Jim Nantz. Romo has also faced heat this season for a joke referencing Taylor Swift as the “wife” of Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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