But Romo exceeded all expectations as a rookie analyst and we name him the 2017 Sports Illustrated Media Person Of The Year in this space for the impact he had on the country’s most-watched sport. Having currency (Romo was on the Cowboys’ roster until April) does not always translate into astute analysis but Romo’s knowledge of the league—specifically the formations and fronts of teams and how an offense attacks a defense—made him an invaluable resource for NFL viewers. His natural enthusiasm and love for football translated for audiences and he has rightly received praise from fans and the NFL establishment. The best thing about Romo is that he will only get better as sports television becomes more familiar. Below, an extended conversation with Romo.
(Note: This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.)
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