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Tony Romo to call Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game

28 NOVEMBER2013: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo (9) [3808] during a regular season NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
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On Thanksgiving, former QB Tony Romo will get to call the Cowboys game for CBS, letting him spend the holiday close to the team he played for on Thanksgiving numerous times over the course of his career. The report comes from SportsDay’s Barry Horn, who wrote:

“Tony Romo will have to wait until Nov. 5 to work his first Cowboys game. As CBS’ lead analyst, the rookie broadcaster will be alongside veteran play-by-play voice Jim Nantz when the Kansas City Chiefs visit AT&T Stadium in a nationally televised 3:25 p.m. game…Romo and Nantz will be back at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day when CBS broadcasts the Los Angeles Chargers-Cowboys at 3:30 p.m. The Cowboys Thanksgiving game traditionally draws the most viewers for any regular-season game.”

So Thanksgiving won’t be Romo’s first attempt at calling a game with so many players who were his teammates just a year before, but it will be the biggest stage. CBS launched him right into their No. 1 spot even though he has no experience in the booth, and these are the moments where they want him to shine. Audiences all over the country will be tuning in.

When asked about the new gig – though not about calling Cowboys games in particular – Romo admitted he was both excited and nervous. NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman reported that he said:

“It gets to a point where you start to think about it, sulk in it, pray about it, you lay in bed and talk to your wife, talk to your dad, you talk to the closest people you’ve come to trust over the years and you just try to evaluate everything and make the best decision possible. That’s what you do. As it got closer and as I got all the way in, it became CBS, and now when I look back, it seems like an easy decision. But it took a while to get there. Now, moving forward, I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’ve got to go and start from ground zero, just try to figure out how to build my way up and become someone who’s good at their craft.”

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