Tony Romo Says His Kids Can Play Tackle Football, But Not Until A Certain Grade Level

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says that he will allow his sons to play tackle football but not until they reach the 8th-grade. 

Romo, who has three sons (Hawkins, Rivers and Jones), was asked if he'd let his boys play the game that made him a star during a sit-down with Dr. Phil. 

"I don't think I'll ever discourage them from doing anything. Like to me, it goes back to what you said, 'if you really like this go play it,'" Romo said. "What I won't allow them, from my dad perspective, if everything's the same as it is 10 years from now ... they won't play tackle football until 8th grade. That'll be the first time we'll let them (play)."

Romo went on to say that he doesn't believe football is a craft sport, making it easier for his boys to start learning how to play the game as teenagers as opposed to other sports.

"In tennis, you need to go practice to get better at tennis. The only position I really believe is a craft-oriented position is the quarterback, where it's like you physically getting better at throwing does make you better," Romo said. "Most other positions, it's running, and it's your vision and your instinct. (You can say) 'Yeah, you haven't played football before...' but you have. It's 7 on 7. 

"A lineman isn't way more dominant as a sophomore because he played in 5th-grade tackle (football). Your body changes, you get bigger ...  I don't think you gain anything from doing it is what I believe and there's only a downside (to doing it). If your kid wants to play, to me, that's a discussion. But I feel like if I tell them that at a young age then they'll understand it's important to me. 'You can play football, I'm not saying you can't.' I love the game, I know what it's brought me and my family."

Dr. Phil then posed the question some parents are afraid of when determining whether to let their kids play football or not. 

"Would you be afraid of head injuries?" 

"I don't think I'd be afraid. I know about my whole history and I don't think you do anything afraid. I think if you're playing you're playing," Romo said. "But if you're thinking about that then you shouldn't be playing."