Tony Romo's career is (probably) done. After 14 seasons, the Dallas quarterback is moving from the sidelines to the television booth after reportedly accepting a job as a color commentator for CBS.

He'll leave the league beloved by some, begrudged by others. The numbers would reveal a simple truth: He was really good!

But Romo also left behind memories of back-breaking mistakes like this one and just two playoff wins compared to four losses, never going further than the divisional round.

Romo could never outrun the myth that a crucial late-season (or playoff) game was his Kryptonite. He's not alone.

Here are some other Romos from across sports: good-to-great players who ended their careers without winning a ring and also inspired strong opinions (some of those takes more informed than others, of course). They were often polarizing, with careers (in a couple of cases, still ongoing) marred by injury or controversy. No matter what, though, these players are all memorable.


Mike Piazza (1992-2007): The Hall of Famer was one of the best hitting catchers in baseball history, even though some suspected him of PED use. He was also a regular fixture in the New York tabloids, including the infamous press conference in 2002 in which Piazza sought to debunk rumors that he was gay. He had an excellent career with the Mets, but his only trip to the World Series was in 2000, when his team lost to the Yankees in five games, with Piazza making the final out at Shea Stadium.

Justin Verlander (2005-present): Verlander won the 2011 AL MVP Award and has been one of the most outstanding pitchers in baseball for most of his career, but still doesn't have a ring after losing in the 2006 and 2012 World Series. Like Romo, Verlander has dipped into the celebrity dating pool, currently engaged to model Kate Upton.

Mo Vaughn (1991-2003): Vaughn was a beloved Red Sox player who toiled away before the team broke the curse. He hit 328 home runs and won the 1995 AL MVP Award, but his name also showed up in the Mitchell Report alongside evidence he was an HGH user. He was held without a hit in a 1995 ALDS sweep and lost to the Indians in 1998, his only other trip to the postseason.

Ryan Braun (2007-present): Braun won the NL MVP Award in 2011 and led the league in home runs a year later, but all of that success was called into question in 2013. He was suspended 65 games for violating the league's drug policy, and after returning, he posted career lows in nearly every statistic until a slight spike in 2016. After failing a testosterone test in 2011, Braun publicly attacked test collector Dino Laurenzi, Jr.. He has never made it to the World Series.

Barry Bonds (1986-2007): When Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998, the record felt impossible to beat. Then, Bonds did it in 2001. He was known for being surly throughout his career, and in 2003, Bonds was the biggest name involved in the BALCO scandal, which cast doubt over his career stats. He's been eligibile for the Hall of Fame for four years and has yet to be elected, despite being the all-time leader in home runs. Bonds' Giants lost a heartbreaking Series in seven games to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2002.


Allen Iverson (1996-2010): Iverson was a volume shooter disliked by early-adopting analytics folk, and the NBA adding dress code rules in 2005 is usually attributed to Iverson's unapologetic aversion to projecting the image the league wanted (he had one of the most iconic Sports Illustrated covers ever). The Answer -- inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 -- was one of the toughest players in league history, giving his barely 6-foot body a beating every single night and carried the 76ers to the Finals in 2001, but lost to the Lakers in five games.

Charles Barkley (1984-2000): The Round Mound of Rebound was only 6-foot-6, but managed to be one of the best rebounders in NBA history. His penchant for speaking his mind made him a polarizing figure throughout his career and into his post-NBA life in broadcasting. He famously claimed to not be a role model and once accidentally spit on a little girl while trying to spit on a fan who had been heckling him with racial slurs. He reached the Finals just once, but in 1993, Michael Jordan and the Bulls denied the Suns a title.

Karl Malone (1985-2004): The muscle-bound Malone was the business end of Utah's pick-and-roll perfection alongside John Stockton. His teams went to the playoffs in every single season, but Malone never got the title, despite three trips to the Finals. Even in 1997, when he won the MVP, Jordan bested him in six games. In 2004, Malone's last season, he chased a title in Los Angeles, but the Lakers lost in the Finals to the Pistons, and by that time, Malone's knees cost him 40 games, including the season finale. The "Mailman" wasn't as polarizing a player as some of the other names on this list, but he was outspoken and raised a few eyebrows by expressing his objections about Magic Johnson returning to the NBA after his HIV diagnosis in the early '90s (the two later cleared the air).

Reggie Miller (1987-2005): Miller was equal parts troll king and dead eye shooter. His trash talking style made him a polarizing talent throughout his career. His rivalry with the Knicks and Spike Lee was one of the most entertaining sports stories of the 90s.

He was the career leader in three-pointers when he retired, but like others on this list, he was cursed by being born in the same era as Michael Jordan. Miller made the Finals just once and not until 2000, when Jordan was gone. The Pacers lost in six games to the Lakers after winning the East.


Dale Hunter (1980-99): Hunter was an agitator. He never quite earned the classification of "goon," but his teammates loved him and he racked up more than 1,000 points over his lengthy career. He was suspended 21 games for a hit that separated Pierre Turgeon's shoulder and finished his career second in NHL history in penalty minutes. He only reached the Stanley Cup Finals once and got swept with the Capitals in 1998. 

Tie Domi (1989-2006): Domi's calling card was his physical play. Throughout his career, he was known as an enforcer, which draws boos from opposing fans and adoration from the home folks. He's right behind Hunter at third in NHL playoff minutes and went to the playoffs 11 times but never got to kiss the Stanley Cup. 

Jeremy Roenick (1988-2009): Roenick is one of the all-time greats and was just the third American to score 500 goals, but never got to reach hockey's pinnacle. For more than two decades, he was one of the league's top players and reached the playoffs 17 times with the Blackhawks, but only once got to the Stanley Cup Finals. But Roenick also liked to speak his mind. During the 1994-95 lockout, he told media that angry fans should "kiss his ass" and they were just jealous. He also threw a water bottle at an official once and claimed USA Hockey had blackballed him in 2006. 

Eric Lindros (1992-2007): Lindros played in the NHL for 16 seasons, but like Romo, his body broke down and forced him to retire when he still had the skills to compete. He was only 34 and never played a full season, mostly thanks to concussions. He suffered his first in 1998 and at one point, endured six in 27 months. He missed the entire 2000-01 season and missed the entire 2000 playoffs because of the injuries.