Manning seemingly threw some shade at the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback-turned-CBS color analyst while discussing his decision to pass on broadcast jobs, including an offer from ESPN's Monday Night Football.
"I saw where Tony Romo said that he always knew that he wanted to be a broadcaster. Well, I always knew I wanted to be a football player," Manning told Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson. "That's all I knew. I was all-in on that job. I didn't think about anything else while I was playing. And I think that's a good way to be. I think you've got to be all-in on what you're doing."
Romo responded Wednesday during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan, saying he didn't start thinking about broadcasting until he was nearing the end of his NFL career.
"I actually hadn't heard those comments. I like to tunnel the little bubble I live in. But, ultimately, that's something I never actually said," Romo said. "I didn't start thinking about being a broadcaster until I was contemplating retirement. And so at that point, then you're going to start thinking about your next stage.
"Like anything, when you're playing football it's all-consuming. Literally, nothing else (matters) ... when you go off to training camp you don't even know what's happening in the world. I feel like right now it's also still a little bit of that being a broadcaster. I love it, I enjoy it. But I think that was never a part of the mindset when you're playing football. I mean, that would be silly to say you were thinking about something like that."
Romo is entering the third season of a three-year, $12-million deal with CBS. He has spent the past two years working alongside Jim Nantz on the network's NFL broadcasts.
- With h/t to the New York Post