(CBS Sports Radio) -- Tony Romo successfully defended his celebrity golf title in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course this past weekend, but he’s making headlines for football reasons, as Peyton Manning may have taken a veiled shot at Romo for his dedication – or lack thereof – to the game during his Dallas Cowboys days.
Manning, 43, reportedly turned down a job as a Monday Night Football analyst because he didn’t want to analyze Eli Manning’s play. Manning is open to being a broadcaster one day but said “it’s just not the right time for me.”
Manning, who has said yes to certain projects in retirement and no to others, went on to say:
“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. 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.”
Damon Amendolara, the host of CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show, believes that was a dig on Romo’s playing career.
“That’s a shot at Romo,” Amendolara said Monday.
Amendolara’s producer, Shaun Morash, agreed and wondered if Manning made those comments out of jealousy due to Romo’s rising fame and popularity, or if he was putting Romo in his football place, as if to say, You were not a winner, and you are not worthy of our club.
“I don’t think Peyton Manning looks at Tony Romo and says you’re not worthy,” Amendolara said. I think he sees . . . an overwhelming love and adoration of Tony Romo, that somehow he has redefined broadcasting – and in many ways rehabilitated his career. Romo, when he retired, was kind of seen as a loser, a guy that choked in big spots. He had two playoffs wins ever.”
Manning, meanwhile, had two Super Bowl rings – not to mention five MVP awards and a slew of NFL records.
“I think Peyton Manning was completely consumed with the art of quarterbacking,” Amendolara said, “that there was never a waking minute that was not devoted to finding the next crease in a defense, the next tell from a defensive lineman – some slim type of advantage he could take advantage of – because he studied so much film and he worked on everything in his craft to the highest ability. And sometimes that was paralyzing, I think, for him on the football field because he didn’t end up winning everything. But he had perfected the craft of quarterbacking.”
Romo, meanwhile, often came up short in big moments. He went 2-4 in the postseason.
“I think (Manning) probably looked at Tony Romo and saw Romo vacationing in Cabo before a playoff game with Jessica Simpson and, by and large, kind of living the celebrity of being a football player,” Amendolara said. “I think he kind of knew that, probably like most guys in the NFL, that Romo was really good, but when Romo starts getting these accolades that he’s the smartest player we ever played with, Romo was the ultimate leader, we loved playing (with him) – I think (some players) probably roll their eyes.”
Players, Amendolara says, like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, among other film- and winning-obsessed quarterbacks.
“Romo was fine, but he didn’t devote himself to the life like Brady, like Brees, like Manning,” Amendolara said. “He just didn’t have that type of commitment. I think now that Romo has been put up on this pedestal, I think Peyton Manning and some of those guys roll their eyes. I don’t think they dislike him, but there’s got to be a rolling of the eyes.
“For Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and Tom Brady, who live, breathe and eat every single day of the offseason trying to win on 3rd-and-8 from their own 38-yard line in Week 7 against the Titans – that’s the only thing they’re thinking about. When they see Romo getting all these accolades and then kind of a little revisionist history on his career because he’s so beloved as a broadcaster, they’ve got to be annoyed by it. Like, ‘Oh, yeah, Romo. Right. The great Romo.’”