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Caron Butler: Romo Could have Been a Pro Basketball Player

(SB Nation) It might seem like a joke, but Romo played high school basketball before making the switch to football full-time. He was no slouch on the court either, averaging 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists — Romo was even a third team all-state pick. Caron Butler used to play against Romo and has high praise for his game on the court.

"Believe it or not, man, when we were in the prime of our careers, I used to always talk about it: [Romo] could have easily been a professional basketball player," Butler said. "And a lot of people were like, 'Man, you're crazy for saying that,' but Tony could shoot. He could handle the ball. He had a knack for scoring, man, he really did."

Let's not give Mark Cuban any credit here, as Tuesday's 'Be a Maverick for a Day' event for Tony Romo is as about as corny as it gets, but the joke is on Cuban here, not Romo, who actually was a pretty freaking good high school basketball in Wisconsin in the late-90's. 

Fans often mock Romo for his laid back, goofy, and sometimes oblivious disposition with his quirky attitude sometimes rivaling Matthew McConaughey's character in 'Dazed and Confused', but this guy was, and still is an incredible athlete. 

Besides his history in football and basketball, let's not forget Romo nearly qualified for the 2011 US Open in golf, coming within four shots of playing in the USGA's most challenging tournament. 


Romo is #35 in black. Although his team loses this game at the buzzer, check out the spin cycle at 0:12.