On Tuesday night, Tony Romo joined an elite group of athletes who have dressed for games in two pro sports leagues. The recently retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback didn’t see any actual game action for the Dallas Mavericks, but even as a novelty player who likely hadn’t played competitive basketball in nearly 20 years, he proved early on that he could still hit a J.
The Mavericks invited Romo to American Airlines Arena for a fan appreciation night, and the former Cowboys quarterback took a photo with the team, warmed up with them and even sat at the end of the bench in full uniform. Although he had endured years of criticism from Dallas fans and in the national media for failing to succeed in the playoffs, there was no sign of animosity in the arena Tuesday. In fact, even the cheap seats were being scalped for above-average prices.
For Steve Berezowitz, who was Romo’s head basketball coach and an assistant football coach at Burlington High School in Burlington, Wisconsin, the night served as a playful sign of what could have been.