It’s time for another edition of announcer-on-announcer crime. Today, it’s Deion Sanders vs. Tony Romo, two men who not only work on different networks (Romo for CBS and Sanders with NFL Network), but also together on the Thursday Night Football package.

During Sunday’s Kansas City-Dallas game, Romo was analyzing a replay and noted that Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was avoiding a tackle similar to how Primetime used to. During his playing days, Sanders got a reputation for avoiding contact. Said Romo about Peters, “He makes Deion Sanders look good at tackling sometimes.”

Take a look at how Sanders reacted later on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Prime with co-host Chris Rose.

“Tony, I tried my best to take the high road, but I don’t know the address to the high road. So I got to come atcha, man. Ten years as a starter, you’re 2-4 in the playoffs. You ain’t won nothin’! I tried to bury the hatchet. Both of us work for CBS. I went and shook your hand and said ‘Tony, you’re doing a great job this year!” I thought that would be it! But nevertheless, you keep on shooting at me! Tony, what’s going on, man?

”I got a gold jacket that I didn’t buy … Dak (Prescott) said “Hi” and “Bye” … Tony, leave me alone, man, I got a lot of ammunition, man!”

Then Sanders mentioned the amount of interceptions Romo threw in 2012 (19), “You threw to everybody but me!”

And Deion finally went for the jugular by going for the “never won the big one” card. He wrapped up with “I tried to take the high road, but I don’t know the address!”

With NBC taking over the Thursday Night Football package this week, it means that Sanders and Romo won’t have an opportunity to address this publicly. It would have been intriguing to see how they would have discussed Romo’s comments, but for now, it appears this will fester for a while.

[Sporting News]

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  • Saber Khai

    Tony Romo makes a factual statement. Sanders hits back with “Oh YEAH? So what did you win, huh? That’s right, NUTHIN’!”

    That’s why I don’t like Deion.

    • The K

      Why? Because Deion told the truth?

      • Saber Khai

        I’m thinking you forgot how Deion, waaaaay back when, said “They pay me to cover, not tackle.” He was NOTORIOUS during his playing days for shying away from contact. His response to Romo wasn’t “truth,” it was prima-donna, piss-ant whining about an analyst’s statement that was a fair and accurate comparison. Hell, even Michael Irvin chimed in on it and told Deion to rein it in a bit. 🙂

        • The K

          I have not forgotten. I believe you fail to listen Deion response without prejudice. I understand you may not like the way he said it, but is Deion lying about Romo’s statistics? Look, We can talk forever about tackling stats. However, Deion is an HOFer. Teams would have love to have a player like that in the 90s and pay big bucks.

    • Mike

      Because Deion didn’t address the issue. Great shutdown corner and kick returner. But he couldn’t tackle a mannequin.

  • Tim Moran

    I watched Sander’s career closely as most did. He was the best cover corner I’ve ever seen. He literally toyed with receivers, daring them to try to beat him deep. He was just too fast to get beaten. But Romo’s comments on Sander’s tackling was spot on. Sanders is in the HOF because of his ability to shut down anyone he covered. If his tackling was the only gauge we used to judge him, he would have been cut in his rookie season. And Deion knows it. May not like hearing it, but he KNOWS it.

  • Bragar

    Wow. Why slam Dion? One of the best.

  • Jim Jameson

    Deion was afraid to tackle. He called it a smart business decision. He was an amazing cb though. The problem is, he never liked Romo, and he is jealous Romo is already ahead of him in his new profession and on his way to earn an Emmy. Deion is thin skinned, a horrible father and a lousy husband. Cross that with his hypocritical take on bashing the former players trying to make money off of the cte settlement while he gets Social Security for his injuries from football. He had a scam charter school and is rumored to have beaten his wife.
    Romo is happily married to a model and still rich. Romo wins.

    • The K

      Hmm…Deion is rich. (check). Married to beautiful woman who used to model (check). His wife is a smart business woman in entertainment (check, check). Deion has multiple television shows (check, check). Has 3 superbowl wins (check, check, check).

      • Michael Tamayo

        A$$hole: check. Deion Sanders talked trash about Tony Romo after Romo merely repeated what Sanders said about himself about ducking tackles. Deion Sanders, you didn’t win a Super Bowl until you went to Super Bowl team. Let’s just keep it real.

        • The K

          Wow..touchy. You’re mad at the facts so now you want to insult the messenger. Calm down little man. Enjoy your life.

  • Michael Tamayo

    Deion Sanders talked trash about Tony Romo after Romo merely repeated what Sanders said about himself about ducking tackles. Deion Sanders, you didn’t win a Super Bowl until you went to Super Bowl team. Let’s just keep it real.