Tony Romo Bio - Biography

Name Tony Romo
Height 6' 2
Naionality American
Date of Birth 21 April 1980
Place of Birth San Diego, California, USA
Famous for
Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo is as much known for his football stats as he is for his recent list of celebrity dates.

Antonio Ramiro Romo, known popularly as Tony Romo, was born April 21, 1980 in San Diego, California. Romo’s father was an active member of the United States Navy, and the family relocated to Burlington, Wisconsin when he was only two.

Romo grew up watching Brett Favre lead the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls, and Favre was an influential factor in Romo’s style of play. Although Romo played quarterback on his high school football team, his overall losing record did not anticipate a career in the National Football League.

He did, however, earn a spot on the Eastern Illinois University team as quarterback. His college years were more prosperous, earning the coveted Walter Payton Award in 2002.

After graduating, Romo attended the NFL Combine held in 2003. He stirred up minor interest but was not drafted. Still, both Sean Payton of the Cowboys and Mike Shanahan of the Broncos informed Romo they were interested. He eventually went to the Cowboys as a free agent rookie.

Entering training camp, Romo’s spot on the roster was in jeopardy until Chad Hutchinson was released and Quincy Carter was let go on suspicion of substance abuse. Although Vinny Testaverde was the Cowboy’s quarterback, Romo waited patiently as third-string backup.

Testaverde left the Cowboys in 2005, and Drew Bledsoe took over, elevating Romo to Bledsoe’s backup. Impressing the team in both 2005 and 2006 pre-seasons, Romo finally took over the starting position. In his first appearance, he threw a thirty-three yard completion to Sam Hurd and earned his first touchdown pass when he connected with controversial receiver Terrell Owens.

With a string of successful games, Romo led the Cowboys to victories against the Panthers, the previously undefeated Peyton Manning led Colts, and the Buccaneers on Thanksgiving Day. His stats and performance helped the Cowboys land a coveted spot in the playoffs.

But their run came to a crashing halt on January 6, 2007 when the Cowboys met the Seattle Seahawks in Qwest Field. Bobbling the snap on what would have been the game-winning field goal, Romo attempted to salvage the play by taking the loose ball into the end zone for a touchdown. Seattle’s defensive end Jordan Babineaux put an end to the play and the Cowboy’s playoff hopes when he tackled Romo on the Seattle one yard line.

In the 2007 season, he has led the Cowboy’s in their impressive regular season run. On October 29, Romo and the Cowboys came to a six-year agreement, which promised him $67.5 million.

Outside of football, others may recognize him as the co-host of Inside the Huddle, where he recently agreed to a second season.

In his personal life, Romo enjoys golf and even attempted to enter the 2005 US Open, ultimately failing to make the grade.

He was romantically linked to American Idol country darling Carrie Underwood. Although their relationship is over, the two remain friends. He was also briefly rumored to date actress Sophia Bush. Currently, he is dating pop starlet Jessica Simpson.

Receiving bad news in late 2007, Romo learned that his father is suffering from prostate cancer. He has publicly stated that he will continue his career despite the upsetting news.

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