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Dallas Mavericks will honor Tony Romo in home finale

Team intends to have Romo on the bench, in uniform

The Dallas Mavericks plan to honor former quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys at their home finale on Tuesday night.

The Mavs will pay tribute to Romo by making him "a Maverick for a day," ESPN's Marc Stein reported Saturday.

Sources told ESPN that the Mavericks, who are out of playoff contention, intend to have Romo sit on the bench and in uniform for their final regular-season home date against the Denver Nuggets.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said this week that the club would be looking to add "a pass-first point guard" because of injuries. Sources told ESPN that Cuban was referring to Romo.

Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, announced on Tuesday that he was retiring after 14 seasons with the Cowboys to accept a job as the lead game analyst for CBS-TV.

Romo will join Jim Nantz on CBS' top broadcast team. Romo replaces Phil Simms, whose new role has yet to be determined.

Romo, who joined the Cowboys in 2003, has frequently attended Mavericks games over the years.

The Mavs plan to treat Romo like an actual player on the roster for the day, even though he won't actually play in the game, according to ESPN. He last played competitive basketball in high school in Wisconsin.

Romo was limited to playing in parts of only five games for the Cowboys over the last two seasons because of collarbone and back injuries. He is the all-time leading passer in team history with 34,183 yards and 248 touchdown passes.


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