Before Tony Romo ditches his Dallas Cowboys uniform for a CBS Sports blazer, he’ll get one more shot at athletic glory. Kind of.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed to The Post on Saturday that the NBA team will honor Romo at Tuesday night’s home finale by making the now-former Cowboys quarterback a “Maverick for a day.” And it’s not just some two-minute pregame ceremony, either: Romo, an ardent Mavs fan since he began his Cowboys career in 2003, will be in uniform and go through the layup line and whatnot, though he won’t actually play in the game.
ESPN’s Marc Stein was first to report the news, and Dallas sports journalist Mike Fisher confirmed Stein’s reporting.
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The Mavericks have been without starting point guard Seth Curry in recent days because of a season-ending shoulder ailment, and Stein says Cuban has been going on about signing “a pass-first point guard” to replace him. Stein’s sources tell him that Cuban is talking about Romo, who’s friendly with the Mavs owner, star Dirk Nowitzki and Coach Rick Carlisle. Dallas isn’t making the playoffs, anyway, so what harm could it do?
Romo played high school basketball in Wisconsin and told Graham Bensinger in an interview last year that it was his main sport for a long time.
“I started playing basketball when I was really young, and I just had a passion,” Romo said. “If you gave me a ball, I would go shovel a spot in the driveway, I’d be out there for three hours in the winter. … All the way up until late in my high school career I thought I was going to play basketball in college.”
Romo averaged nearly 25 points per game in his senior year at Burlington High School in exurban Milwaukee and shared conference co-player of the year honors with future NBA star Caron Butler.
“I think he always thought he’d play college basketball and he could have,” his high school basketball and football coach, Steve Berezowitz, told USA Today in 2015. “He was an all state player his senior year and he averaged about 24.5 points a game. He was really, really good, but he’d already committed to Eastern for football. I think everyone thought he was a better basketball player at the time. I think he knew that his ceiling was higher in football though.”
You can (sort of) see him in more recent action here: