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Cowboys salute Romo with giant 'Welcome home 9' banner

With a bit of luck and a better defense, Tony Romo might be remembered as the greatest Cowboys quarterback of all time, not just the nicest. Romo wasn’t ever able to yank the Cowboys up to his level, and that dinged his reputation as a big-game quarterback. But he cemented his standing as one of the game’s great guys when he recognized the shifting tides under center in Dallas, stepping aside to allow Dak Prescott to take over America’s Team with a minimum of stress, strife and drama.

Of course, Romo’s legacy has taken an enormous leap upward thanks to his stellar work in the booth for CBS Sports, where he’s become one of the most dynamic new broadcasters, in any sport, in years. Romo made his return to Dallas as a broadcaster on Sunday afternoon to call the Cowboys’ 28-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Cowboys went all-out to recognize their former leader.

A banner reading “WELCOME HOME 9,” referring to Romo’s former number, stretched nearly the entire length of one end zone at AT&T Stadium. Knowing Dallas, it’s not even close to the end of the tributes to their former quarterback.

Welcome home, Tony Romo. (Via @slaternfl)

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.