Tony Romo’s courtship by CBS was apparently so super secret that Phil Simms didn’t find out he was being replaced until a deal was already struck, according to Simms’ son, Chris.
Chris Simms told the story on Bleacher Report’s Simms & Lefkoe Podcast podcast today — noting that his father was very disappointed he had to learn he was being replaced in that manner.
“I had to tell my dad first, before CBS or anybody, because I found out from an NFL insider,” Chris Simms said. “I forwarded the text message that I was sent and it basically said, ‘Hey, listen, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Romo’s being offered your dad’s job on CBS, that sucks, I’m sorry.’ And my dad was in Barbados, and I had to forward the text message to him to let him know.”
Chris Simms says that the network should have given his dad a heads up. Although that’s not how networks do things.
“That’s just not what you do to a good, hard-working employee that’s been for 20 years been kind of the face of your football station. I think from that it probably does hurt.”
Romo, with no broadcasting experience, will be paired with Simms’ partner, Jim Nantz, for NFL color commentary. Simms will be reassigned at the network, according to Sean McManus. He still has “multiple years” left on his contract with CBS.
Simms of course had an annoying tendency toward malapropism and clunky analysis, which CBS never seems to have a problem with previously. But perhaps the network saw a chance to get another Troy Aikman in the booth, and took a gamble.
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