Dak Prescott is replacing Tony Romo as Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback, and Prescott had a heartfelt message for his retiring predecessor.
Romo on Tuesday announced his decision to retire from football and go into broadcasting. In an Instagram post, Prescott thanked Romo for his guidance. He spoke highly of Romo’s advice “off the field,” and he praised the veteran’s play.
Prescott, a former Mississippi State quarterback, stepped in as the starter in 2016 after Romo injured his back in the preseason. He tried to stay away from a quarterback controversy last season, constantly saying that he respected Romo and wouldn’t be upset if the veteran became the starter again when healthy.
However, Prescott’s play convinced everyone, including Romo, that he was the future of the franchise. He threw for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions while completing 67.8 percent of his passes.
Cowboys officials began exploring trade options for Romo this offseason, but Romo ultimately decided call it a career.
Romo will join CBS as a color analyst and reportedly could be part of the broadcast crew for the Super Bowl next year. Prescott, meanwhile, will be working to get to that game as well — as the Cowboys’ franchise quarterback.