Fans weren’t the only ones shocked by Tony Romo’s exit from the NFL.

Since March 9 the Dallas Cowboys have lost seven defensive players due to free agency. What’s created a more glaring hole is that four of those players are defensive backs: Brandon Carr, Morris Claibore, Barry Church, and J.J. Wilcox. Of all four of those, the biggest loss is Church who has spent every one of his last seven seasons with the Cowboys. Church entered into the league as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Toledo in 2010 and has served as one of the captains of the defense for Dallas.

Last week Tony Romo announced his retirement and that he would enter a new career as a broadcaster for CBS. Not only were fans shocked, but Romo’s former teammates were also surprised at the news. Church, who was one of the first free agents from the Dallas roster to leave, spoke with TMZ sports last week, stating he was shocked when he heard Romo would leave the NFL. Church went on to elaborate how well Romo was still playing in practice and that he seemed to “still have a lot of juice left in the tank”. Both Romo and Church spent time rehabbing from injury in 2016, giving Church the opportunity to compete against Romo in practice regularly. Church divulged that going up against Romo every day, he saw that the veteran still had a competitive spirit and a strong arm.

Church wrapped up the brief interview by stating he believes there’s a 60% chance Romo could do broadcasting for a year, but eventually return to the NFL. Watch Church’s quick two minute run down of how he believes Romo could return here:

Lauren Scullion is a lifelong Cowboys fan, secret Packers fan, Dallas Cowboys/ NFL writer, social media guru and NFC East know-it-all.