Tony Romo spent the last decade as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, shattering the team's passing records. He also developed a reputation in the offseason as a very good golfer and spent a lot of time on the links outside of the NFL season. Now that Romo has retired from the NFL and before he starts his new career as a color commentator for CBS Sports, Romo is trying to qualify for the U.S. Open, one of the biggest professional golf tournaments in the world.

Tony Romo and the U.S. Open

This isn't the first time that Tony Romo has tried to qualify for the U.S.

Open. In 2010, during the Dallas Cowboys offseason, Romo also tried to qualify for the golfing tournament and actually made it out of the local qualifying round. 35 players moved on from that round but only two could move on to the next round. That round was a 36-hole qualifier and Romo opened with a 71. There were two weather delays and Tony ended up dropping out of competition. The only other player to go through local qualifying and actually win the U.S. Open was Orville Moody in 1969.

Tony Romo post-Dallas Cowboys

The same day that the Dallas Cowboys released Tony Romo, he announced he was retiring from the NFL rather than move on and try to make it with another team. The Houston Texans wanted to sign Romo but he chose instead to sign a contract to become the number one color commentator for CBS Sports, replacing Phil Simms in the role.

Outside of signing with CBS Sports, Romo has kept his name in the public eye thanks to a number of honors. The Dallas Mavericks made him an honorable player for their final home game of the NBA season. The Texas Legislature honored him on Wednesday. The Dallas Cowboys will surely honor Romo sometime this season as well. Now, with the U.S.

Open qualifying news, it looks like Tony will remain in the sports public's eye for the foreseeable future.

Tony Romo and his future

As long as Tony Romo is making news, the questions will always come up about whether or not he is really retired from the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys released him but Tony Romo never filed his retirement papers with the NFL.

If the Cowboys had held him, they would have controlled his frozen contract if he ever decided to come back. Since Dallas released him, Romo can come back and play for any team in the NFL if they call him and make a big enough offer. That includes the Cowboys, who could keep his number on speed dial in case something happens to Dak Prescott this season.