WATCH: Tony Romo basically told Jerry Jones he's going to die in 4 years

Tony Romo doesn't think that Jerry Jones will live forever. (YouTube)
Tony Romo doesn't think that Jerry Jones will live forever. (YouTube)

Tony Romo has always been candid about wanting to keep DeMarco Murray in Dallas. And we learned this week just how serious he was about making that happen.

During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the Cowboys quarterback retold a story where he made a plea to the team higher-ups to re-sign Murray while simultaneously reminding owner Jerry Jones of his own mortality.

"A month or two before (the start of free agency), you're trying to tell ownership you want to keep (Murray). "We're in the bus in Arizona, after the Pro Bowl -- for Super Bowl week -- and Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett are there. And we're talking and I'm trying to push the envelope of keeping DeMarco," Romo said. I think everyone wants to do that and we're just throwing out things, and we'd actually had a few drinks at the time, so there are some passionate speeches going on about what you wanted to do and one of them was my own.

"I looked over at Stephen, who is probably doing to take over for Jerry as the owner one day and I say, 'Stephen, you've got 25-30 years left to go win championships.'

"I look over at Jason and am like, 'You're the next Tom Landry. You've got 25-30 years left to go win championships.'"

Romo continued: "I didn't know what I was saying at the time, but I'm like, 'Me and Jerry, we got 4-5 years left only.' "I was trying to push the envelope that we needed DeMarco back but I didn't realize that I was basically telling him, 'You're gonna die in four years.'"

You can watch the full interview below:

* via DallasCowboys.com

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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