12 Things You Might Not Know About Dallas Cowboy’s Tony Romo

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By Peter Writes, NewsCastic

Antonio Ramiro “Tony” Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).

Things you probably already know: He played college football for Eastern Illinois University. He’s 36. He’s a family guy.

Here are few you might now know:

He’s been golfing since he was a kid

It is interesting to learn that Tony Romo first got a golf club set at a tender age of 8. Romo progressed to tee up a golf ball in a vacant lot that was neighboring his parents’ residents. He happened to hit a 70-yard shot that landed in the front of their neighbors’ living room.

Romo has made three Pro-Bowls

During the 2003 draft, thirteen quarterbacks were selected. Only one of them — Carson Palmer, selected No. 1 overall by the Bengals — ever made a Pro Bowl. Romo, who was undrafted, has made three.

He enjoys family vacations with the in-laws

I couldn't do it with out Candice! Love my wife!

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Romo has said in interviews that the main reason he loves his wife is because of their similarities. He says their both homebodies who like family, and they enjoy family vacations with their parents and children.

He was on that DirecTV commercial

In 2002, Romo clinched victory at Eastern Illinois where he won the Walter Payton Award, given annual to the top Division I-AA football player. In 2001, the Panthers were led by him to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

He was meant to be picked

Romo attended the 2003 NFL combine but went undrafted. Sean Payton, then an assistant with the Cowboys, assured Romo that Dallas was interested. He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cowboys.

He likes basketball

Romo, seen above as a member of the Racine County All-County youngsters basketball squad. He also participated in varsity basketball, tennis and golf. Romo was the first Burlington athlete to receive all-state recognition in three sports.

Romo and Tom Brady have some similiarities

Just like Romo, New England’s Tom Brady did not draw attention as a quarterback at draft time. They both acquired their career break in a similar fashion through their placement of Drew Bledsoe.

His very first pass was 308 yards

1996 was the start of Romo’s junior year at BHS. He served as third-string quarterback of the varsity. After Romo was pit against Elkhorn by Steve Gerber (the then coach of Burington), Romo passed for 308 yards. Surprisingly, he had never played a structured football game in his life.

He’s a Hall of Famer

Romo got an induction into Eastern Illinois’ Hall of Fame on October 17, 2009. He went on record as the first player to have his number seventeen superannuated by the school. In addition, he received the key to the city from Charleston Mayor John Inyart, pictured on the right.

He helped vanquish the Bulls

Romo turned out to be the solitary second player in Monday Night Football history to toss five interceptions in a game that was heading to a win while the Cowboys headed to conquer Buffalo.

Can’t forget about Jessica, but did you know about Carrie?

Tony Romo once dated pop-star Jessica Simpson. However, this relationship only lasted for two years. They broke up hours before his 29th birthday. He also dated Carrie Underwood.

In the Navy (well, not Tony)

His father is a Navy man and was based at San Diego U.S during the time of Romo’s birth but they later moved to Wisconsin. After relocating, his father became a carpenter while his mother worked as a clerk of a grocery store.