Cowboys QB Romo attends Rangers camp

Football star watches game from dugout

Cowboys QB Romo attends Rangers camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have another position battle going on in Spring Training.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo showed up in camp Thursday for a one-day visit, putting him in direct competition with Russell Wilson for the title of unofficial Rangers starting quarterback. Wilson is expected to be in camp on March 28 for his annual one-day visit.

Romo, who arranged the visit through general manager Jon Daniels, said he wanted to visit camp just to show his support for another Dallas-Fort Worth professional team.

Photo gallery of Romo's visit

"I've gone to Mavericks games and supported them, I've gone to Rangers games," Romo said. "This is something I wanted to do, show my support for the Rangers. I'm going to live [in Texas] my whole life. I just feel like this is something to share. I know they support us."

Romo dressed for the Rangers' morning workout, but just watched from the dugout or behind the batting cage. He chatted with various players and club officials, and then was in the dugout for the game against the White Sox.

One player Romo has stayed in touch with lately is pitcher Matt Harrison, who has been dealing with back issues for the past two years. Romo has also had to overcome back problems, and they both go to the same back specialist, Dr. Drew Dossett.

"He has been through enough stuff and he's learning," Romo said. "The key for him is to keep trying to learn what works for him. For me, it just took time to learn what was right for me. You have to listen to your body. He is doing a great job."

New manager Jeff Banister said he likes the occasional visit from accomplished athletes from other sports.

"It's an opportunity to connect major sports teams and sports figures within the city," Banister said. "We have a degree of shared experiences and when leaders can make a connection, to me it's invaluable. I believe athletes can transcend from sport to sport. Sharing experiences can be powerful."

Romo throws the first pitch

Romo, who was a Little League All-Star growing up in Wisconsin, just finished his 10th season with the Cowboys. He said the last time he played organized baseball was in Senior League.

"I wasn't very good," Romo said. "I hit .740, just run of the mill."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.