Summer 2024

Super Bowl LIII color analyst Tony Romo: Jesus 'gives you everlasting peace'

Tony Romo never quite made it to the Super Bowl while starring for the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2019, however, he’ll finally get there, and he’ll do so in perhaps the most critically acclaimed role of his career.

Just two years into his broadcasting contract with CBS, Romo is set to serve as a color analyst for Super Bowl LIII. Alongside Jim Nantz, the former four-time Pro Bowl quarterback also happens to be maybe the most anticipated piece of this year’s Big Game broadcast outside of the teams fighting for the Lombardi Trophy.

Heralded for his ability to predict plays on live TV, he’s received Nantz’s unwavering support in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, not to mention questions about a speculated future of coaching in the NFL. And now, with the broadcast booth very clearly a comfortable home for the longtime Cowboys signal-caller, this year’s biggest football audience will have a chance to hear him in action.

Before taking his thrilling analysis on air, Romo attributed his trademark poise as an NFL quarterback to a Christian faith behind the scenes. Much like he has exhibited control of the booth with CBS, the ex-All-Pro passer often handled pressure in the pocket like a pro over a 14-year career in Dallas. And a lot of that, he’s explained, is because of his relationship with God.

“My faith has grown, and I found that always having Jesus makes things a lot easier in my life,” Romo told Sports Spectrum in 2013. “Having Jesus in your life gives you everlasting peace, which never goes away. It helps you handle the ups and downs of professional football.”

As noted, Romo has had similar thoughts about prayer, which he said gave him peace in preparations for big games — and, perhaps today, big broadcasts.

“That was the moment where I learned how to play the game — because I literally gave it up,” he said. “[God] has control. And as long as He has control, I’m at peace.”

Originally undrafted out of Eastern Illinois in 2003, Romo fashioned himself into a Cowboys icon over more than a decade as the team’s starting quarterback. He played just five total games from 2015-2016 due to injuries, which led to Dak Prescott’s emergence as the current No. 1. But before that, he starred as the face of the franchise, compiling 34,000 yards, 248 touchdowns and a 97.1 passer rating for his career.

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