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Tony Romo's move to CBS 'absolutely' hurt Phil Simms' pride

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Alex Butler
Phil Simms will stay with CBS Sports as a studio analyst for The NFL Today. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Phil Simms will stay with CBS Sports as a studio analyst for The NFL Today. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

April 19 (UPI) -- CBS announced Wednesday that broadcast veteran Phil Simms will remain with the network.

Simms stays on as a studio analyst for The NFL Today. He also spoke Wednesday about losing his job to Tony Romo in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

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"Listen, I didn't make any comments for a lot of reasons and you want to sit there and think about it," Simms told Sports Illustrated. "Initially was my pride hurt? Absolutely. Of course it was...So it took a little bit. Not long. I started thinking about it in a positive way and then I became excited about it."

Simms fills the seat of former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. He'll appear on the show with James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, and Bart Scott. Romo joins Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson for Sunday and Thursday night broadcasts.

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"[CBS Sports Chairman] Sean [McManus] had talked to me over the years about maybe going into the studio," Simms told Sports Illustrated. "I now get to follow the league like I want to. That was probably the most frustrating thing about my job. You do one or two games a week, you can't really pay attention to the other teams like I wanted to do. When you do games, you are all-in on those games. On Inside The NFL, I get to say things about stuff that I never get to say in a broadcast."

Romo, 36, retired from the Dallas Cowboys in early April in favor of his new job as CBS' No. 1 color commentator.

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