Caron Butler: Tony Romo could have played professional basketball

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Tony Romo will apparently be in uniform, though not playing, for the Mavericks tomorrow.

Maybe the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback could have actually had a career in professional basketball if he pursued it.

That’s at least the theory of Caron Butler, the former NBA player who played high school basketball in Wisconsin the same time as Romo.

Butler, via Todd Archer and Marc Stein of ESPN

“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,” Caron Butler told ESPN. “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.

“He was a really good football player, obviously, being a quarterback. He was great at golf. And he was really good at basketball. Obviously it worked out for him with the football, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if he would have made it playing basketball. He had a great feel for the game, man. And it’s not surprising. Golf is a cerebral game; you gotta have that mental component to conquer the course. And then football’s the same thing; you gotta be able to think on the fly and do all these things. And then basketball, I thought, all those components worked together.”

I mean, maybe. Romo obviously has a certain type of athletic talent.

But he was just 6-foot-2 and didn’t necessarily have the running/jumping ability to play high-end basketball — no matter how well his mental attributes would translate.

The best thing for the legend of Romo as a basketball player is that he never had to prove it.