Can Tony Romo hoop it up in the offseason?

If Tony Romo isn’t going to run around with Jessica Simpson any more, TMZ has to find something compelling related to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

How about basketball? Yep, Romo taking his act to the hardwood in an adult recreation league in suburban Dallas is plenty of fodder for TMZ, which shows Romo with a nifty post move and steal here.

While fans are probably less concerned about his low post moves than whether or not he should be playing hoops, Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News got to the bottom of the matter. Should an athlete be going at it like that in the offseason? Recall that it was a little more than two months after Aaron Boone hit a dramatic 11th inning home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS to lift the New York Yankees over the rival Boston Red Sox that the third baseman blew out the ACL in his left knee playing hoops. It allowed the Yankees to void his $5.75 million contract, and cost him the entire 2004 season.

Does Romo risk a similar fate? Nope. Not according to what Archer discovered.

3. OTHER ACTIVITIES. Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury. Player represents that he has special, exceptional and unique knowledge, skill, ability, and experience as a football player, the loss of which cannot be estimated with any certainty and cannot be fairly or adequately compensated by damages. Player therefore agrees that Club will have the right, in addition to any other right which Club may possess, to enjoin Player by appropriate proceedings from playing football or engaging in football-related activities other than for Club or from engaging in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.

Team don’t want players engaging in dangerous activities. The Bears got peeved when they found out running back Cedric Benson was driving a race car in the offseason a few years ago. They put an end to that. They also pulled the plug on the brief wrestling career of Brian Urlacher. Yes, Urlacher climbed into the square ring during a professional wrestling event. But hoops? Hard for NFL teams to legislate against that.

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