Tony Romo had one of the most intriguing careers in NFL history. He played 14 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for a franchise record 34,183 yards and 248 touchdowns. Romo led the Cowboys to two NFC East division titles, but could not get them to the NFC Conference Championship.
His days as an NFL quarterback are over, but his career as a broadcaster is just beginning. Even though Romo started in the broadcast booth before the start of the 2017 season, he has been one of the best additions on CBS. His knowledge for the game combined with his knack for predicting plays has made him one of the best NFL color commentators in the game.
Romo’s so accurate at predicting plays that he’s better at guessing what play will be called than completing passes. In a study done by the Wall Street Journal, Romo correctly predicted 68 percent of the 72 plays that he made predictions. His career completion percentage in the NFL was 65.3 percent but did lead the league in completion percentage in 2014 with 69.9 percent.
Romo’s knack for predicting plays in the booth is a testament to his ability to read NFL defenses when he played. His knowledge of defensive alignments combined with different offensive formations allows for Romo to accurately say what the offense will be running. “In some ways, it’s like math,” Romo said.
His probability of correctly guessing plays was on full display in the AFC Championship where Romo was spot-on in figuring out what the Patriots were running offensively. On the final play of the game, he recognized Tom Brady had changed the play at the line of scrimmage and predicted that the Patriots would run the ball to the right side. Brady took the snap and Sony Michel had the game-winning rushing touchdown off the right side.
Romo’s career completion percentage is not something that people can joke about. At 65.3 percent, Romo is tied for fifth all-time with Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning. That number is better than Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, who are all future Hall of Famers.
Romo’s career as a player is overshadowed by Manning, Brady and Rodgers, but that should not discredit what he accomplished on the field. His success with the Cowboys gave him the ability to predict what offenses are about to do. Romo will be calling his first ever Super Bowl on February 3, so expect him to make lots of predictions on what the Patriots and Rams will do on offense.