Dick Ebersol wants to make Tony Romo great again.
The legendary longtime former boss of NBC Sports joined Chris Wallace on HBO Max for the latest edition of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” where he stated Romo does not seem “into” broadcasting at the present time.
“I’ve known Tony Romo, since he first got to the pros. He’s an unbelievably engaging guy, he should have been a terrific, great broadcaster,” Ebersol said. “Something’s happened since he got into that chair. And it doesn’t seem like he’s into it. Like he was on his way up. He does not seem to be the storyteller that he should be. The thing that makes [Al] Michaels great, [Joe] Buck great, and all these guys are they’re really, they’re really storytellers. And Tony has gotten further and further away from that I think.”
After 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and four Pro Bowl selections, Tony Romo retired from the sport in 2017 and has gone on to become an established football analyst with CBS.
His first year calling games was magical as he went viral several times predicting plays before they happened.
Romo ended up getting paid $17 million a year and Ebersol thinks Romo is failing to deliver in the broadcast booth.
He stated he appears to have “lost his passion” for calling games. He said he would “love” to be Romo’s producer for six months and could soon “cure” what he sees as the 42-year-old’s shortcomings as a broadcaster.
“This is somebody who should be an announcer for the ages … and I would have him in my office often – not to kick his a**, but just to keep reminding him of what put him there in the first place,” Ebersol continued.
It should be noted that he apologized for his comments about Romo on Wednesday, saying: “Tony Romo is like a son to me. I am truly his biggest fan on and off the field. As a fan, and a producer, I have always been known to offer up unsolicited notes.
“But this time, after a long day of interviews, I went too far and frankly said things that I do not believe and are simply not true.
“No announcer is more passionate about the NFL than Tony Romo, and I personally cannot wait to hear his call this and every Sunday. He is as good as it gets.”