Tony Romo
American football player, quarterback
Tony Romo
Antonio Ramiro "Tony" Romo is a professional American football quarterback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. Romo's career passer rating - at 97.3 - ranks second-best all time. Tony Romo didn't play in the regular season in 2003, 2004, or 2005. He replaced the Cowboys' previous starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe during a game against the New York Giants in the 2006 season.
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Where Will Tony Romo Play Next?
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Quarterback Dak Prescott’s success in Dallas has led to much speculation about Romo’s next destination. Denver? Houston?
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Bears Q&A: Are Jimmy Garoppolo, Tony Romo or Brock Osweiler options at QB?
Chicago Times - 8 days
The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. We have heard a lot of talk this offseason about trading for Jimmy Garoppolo or drafting a quarterback at No. 3 along with Alshon Jeffery's contact status. Truth is there is a lot more to the Bears offseason than those two positions....
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Jerry Jones: I don't even want to think about Tony Romo leaving Cowboys -
Google News - 10 days Jerry Jones: I don't even want to think about Tony Romo leaving Cowboys Barring a miracle, Tony Romo has taken his last snap for the Cowboys. With the emergence of 2016 fourth-round pick Dak Prescott, Dallas' quarterback situation appears set for the foreseeable future, and that future doesn't involve Romo. Which means ... The 10 greatest draft steals in Dallas Cowboys history: from Roger Staubach to Dak PrescottDallas News (blog) Jerry Jones not looking forward to seeing Tony Romo in different uniformESPN (blog) Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Where Will Tony Romo End Up to Start the Next NFL Season?Christian Post Fort Worth Star Telegram -Blogging The Boys (blog) -SportDFW -The Inquisitr all 245 news articles »
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Myles Garrett wants Cowboys to pull off a wild draft day trade involving Tony Romo -
Google News - 12 days Myles Garrett wants Cowboys to pull off a wild draft day trade involving Tony Romo After spending three years at Texas A&M, Myles Garrett is hoping that he'll be able to stay in the Lone Star State when his NFL career begins next season. During an interview with ESPN on Friday, the projected No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft ... Myles Garrett pleads with Cowboys to trade up with Browns and take him at No. Myles Garrett asks Jerry Jones to trade Tony Romo to Browns so he can play for CowboysSporting News 95-percent chance Cowboys go this way with first-round pickDallas News (blog) FanSided -Fort Worth Star Telegram -Bleacher Report all 88 news articles »
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NFC East rookie grades: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott led Dallas -
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ESPN NFC East rookie grades: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott led Dallas The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this ... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: We'll work through Tony Romo situationFort Worth Star Telegram Jerry Jones: Tony Romo and I have the foundation to get through this; how Cowboys are like lighter fluidDallas News all 160 news articles »
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Mort & Schefter's notebook: Predicting the biggest offseason headlines
ABC News - 17 days
Topics this week include the biggest offseason stories, nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, what awaits the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons after Super Bowl LI, the Cleveland Browns ties to the big game and more. Romo, Watson and the quarterback carousel Deflategate has already been deflated, Peyton Manning has already stepped away, Andrew Luck has already signed his record deal and the central storylines of previous seasons have already been written. Now, new ones await. Here are five candidates for some of this offseason's most significant headlines: Romo, Romo, where are thou Romo:?As it currently stands, no quarterback has a higher salary-cap number for 2017 than Tony Romo's at $24.7 million. It will not remain that way. No one knows exactly how he will leave Dallas, via release or via trade. But no one expects him... ...
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Jones not ready to make call on Romo's future - ESPN
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ESPN Jones not ready to make call on Romo's future ESPN FRISCO, Texas -- Tony Romo's future will depend on whether he wants to play in 2017, but if it is with the Dallas Cowboys or another team, then that decision will fall on owner and general manager Jerry Jones. "There's several cards to be played ... Cowboys should release Tony Cowboys look primed for long-term success, but no guarantees they'll get this close againSports Illustrated Jerry Jones on Tony Romo's fate: 'No decision made' Dallas News (blog) -Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog) -Yahoo Sports -Blogging The Boys (blog) all 197 news articles »
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NFL report: Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott seek playoff history against Packers
LATimes - about 1 month
Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round.  So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback's playoff...
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Tony Romo Tosses TD Pass, Cowboys Lose 27-13 to Eagles
ABC News - about 2 months
Tony Romo threw his first touchdown pass in 14 months and the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys played it safe in a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday
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Friday NFL buzz: Cowboys will reportedly play Tony Romo on Sunday - USA TODAY
Google News - about 2 months
USA TODAY Friday NFL buzz: Cowboys will reportedly play Tony Romo on Sunday USA TODAY Check back throughout the day for all the latest quick-hit news: Report: Romo to play Sunday. Tony Romo is expected to receive his first regular-season snaps in more than a year on Sunday, according to an ESPN report. The Dallas Cowboys will apparently ... Eagles take news about Tony Romo potentially playing in strideESPN (blog) Cowboys visit Eagles in final postseason tuneup (Dec 30, 2016) Cowboys already rule seven out for -Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog) -New York Post all 543 news articles »
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Ranking Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and the best NFL quarterbacks likely available this offseason
Chicago Times - 2 months
Scarcity drives demand. It's a core economic principle that is exemplified by the quarterback position in today's NFL. Simply put, there aren't 32 competent quarterbacks inhabiting the earth at the moment and with 32 NFL teams in need of one, we get a complete unknown like Brock Osweiler signing...
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Cowboys' Prescott Unfazed by Romo Talk, and Owner Knows It
ABC News - 2 months
If Dak Prescott hears the chatter about Tony Romo after his worst game as a pro, Dallas' rookie quarterback isn't letting on
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NFL1000: Will Dak Prescott's Regression Force the Cowboys to Return to Romo? - Bleacher Report
Google News - 2 months
Bleacher Report NFL1000: Will Dak Prescott's Regression Force the Cowboys to Return to Romo? Bleacher Report The fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State was supposed to be Tony Romo's backup for the Dallas Cowboys, but Romo's back injury put Prescott in the spotlight as the 2016 season began, and he handled the quarterback position about as well as any ... Curious George: Why would Cowboys take out Zeke with game on the line? Would Linehan be a fit with LA Rams?Dallas News (blog) Attention, Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott needs your love now, not RomoFort Worth Star Telegram Jerry Jones compares switch to Tony Romo with watching pornNew York Post ESPN (blog) -Detroit Free Press all 93 news articles »
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Sports of The Times: Tony Romo’s Star Is Eclipsed by Another Feel-Good Story
NYTimes - 2 months
Romo rose from an undrafted rookie to the Pro Bowl, but he has been replaced by Dak Prescott, a player who is exactly what Romo once was.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Romo
  • 2016
    Romo was injured during the Cowboys' third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 25, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details On August 27, it was announced that he suffered a compression fracture to the L1 vertebra in his back and that he would miss between 6 to 10 weeks of playing time. Romo has hosted a youth football camp in Burlington, Wisconsin, annually during the summer, since 2004. In the Dallas area, Romo has participated in community activities in collaboration with United Way, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • 2015
    Romo started strong in the 2015 season, throwing a game-winning pass to Jason Witten with seven seconds left in the Cowboys' season opener against the New York Giants.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to show success in a week 2 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, but suffered a broken left collarbone in the third quarter after being sacked by linebacker Jordan Hicks. The injury sidelined Romo for eight weeks, during which the Cowboys failed to win a single game with Brandon Weeden and then Matt Cassel starting at quarterback. Romo returned to the starting lineup in a week 11 game against the Miami Dolphins. Despite throwing two interceptions, Romo completed 18 of 28 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 victory, ending the Cowboys' seven-game losing streak. The Cowboys then faced the 10-0 Carolina Panthers in a week 12 Thanksgiving game. Although up against an undefeated team with a 3-7 record, the Romo-led Cowboys were favored to win. However, Romo threw three interceptions in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns, helping the Panthers take a 23-3 lead. At the end of the third quarter, Romo was sacked by linebacker Thomas Davis, reinjuring his left shoulder and ending his season. Romo remained on the active roster until December 21 when he was placed on injured reserve after the Cowboys dropped to 4-10, officially ending their playoff hopes.
    Romo led the NFL in completion percentage and passer rating en route to the NFC East title, and he was ranked 34th in the NFL's list of the top 100 players of 2015, the highest undrafted player on the year's list.
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  • 2013
    Romo underwent back surgery on December 27, 2013 and was placed on the Cowboys' injured reserve list.
    More Details Hide Details Garrett announced that Kyle Orton would be the starting quarterback for the Week 17 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which the team would eventually lose 24-22 and miss the playoffs for a fourth straight year. After a poor performance in the season opener versus the San Francisco 49ers, Romo and the Cowboys won six consecutive games, including back-to-back road games against the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. The Cowboys also defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks on the road, becoming only the second team to win a road game against the Seahawks in the last three seasons. Through those six wins, Romo threw a 13:3 touchdown:interception ratio. In Week 8, in a Monday night game against the Washington Redskins, Romo went down with a back injury when linebacker Keenan Robinson sacked Romo with his knee going into Romo's back. After the loss to Washington, it was revealed that Romo had two fractures in his transverse process. He missed the next game, a 28–17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but came back the next week and went on to lead the Cowboys to a 12–4 record and their first divisional title since 2009.
    In the middle of April 2013, he underwent back surgery to remove a cyst.
    More Details Hide Details Although it was characterized as a minor procedure by the team, he would end up missing all of the Mini-camp and Organized Team Activities. Romo opened the season with a win over the Giants, passing for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He briefly left the game with a rib injury, but returned after halftime to finish the game. After Week 7, his 100th career start, Romo had thrown for 27,485 yards, the most by a quarterback in his first 100 starts since 1960. In the fifteenth game of the season playing against the Washington Redskins, with the Cowboys trailing in the fourth quarter and needing to win to keep its playoff hopes alive, he led the team to a touchdown drive with 1:08 minutes remaining in a 24-23 victory, with what was later diagnosed as a season-ending herniated disk injury. Head coach Jason Garrett would later say: "He might have had his finest hour … We talk about mental toughness, being your best, regardless of circumstances. Somehow, some way, he helped us win that ballgame."
  • 2012
    The controversial 2012 NFL Top 100 ranked Romo as the 12th best quarterback in the league going into the 2012 season.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Romo threw 3 touchdown passes. The first pass, a 23-yard throw to Dez Bryant with 11:18 left in the third quarter, gave Romo 166 career touchdown passes, surpassing the previous franchise record of 165 which had been held by Troy Aikman. After trailing the Cincinnati Bengals 19-10 with 6:35 left, Dallas beat Cincinnati 20-19 in Week 14 (December 9). The fourth quarter comeback consisted of a 27-yard touchdown pass from Romo to Bryant and a last-second 40-yard field goal by Bailey. Romo went 25-for-43 for 268 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Topping a three-game winning streak and winning its fifth out of six games, Dallas beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 in overtime in Week 15 (December 16). The win put Dallas in a three-way tie with New York and Washington in the NFC East. Romo surpassed 25,000 passing yards in this game with 30-for-42 passing for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
    Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst, ranked Romo as the 9th best quarterback in the league heading into the 2012 season.
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  • 2011
    On May 28, 2011 Romo married Candice Crawford, the 2008 Miss Missouri USA, a former journalist for Dallas television station KDAF, and the sister of actor Chace Crawford.
    More Details Hide Details They dated since the summer of 2009 and became engaged on December 16, 2010. Their first son Hawkins Crawford Romo was born on April 9, 2012 and their second, Rivers Romo, was born on March 18, 2014. Romo is a Christian. Romo has spoken about his faith saying, "My faith has grown and I found that always having Jesus makes things a lot easier in my life. Having Jesus in your life gives you everlasting peace, which never goes away. It helps you handle the ups and downs of professional football."
    Romo contributed to 82% of the team's total touchdowns for 2011, no other player in the 2011 regular season contributed a higher percentage of team touchdowns (Cam Newton: 72.9%, Matthew Stafford: 71.9%, Drew Brees: 71.2%, Tom Brady: 68.8%, Aaron Rodgers: 68.5% and Eli Manning: 63.8%).
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    Tony Romo accounted for 32 of the 39 total touchdowns the Cowboys scored in the 2011 NFL season (DeMarco Murray had two touchdowns while Felix Jones, Jon Kitna, Phillip Tanner, Stephen McGee and defensive back Terrence Newman each had one).
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    The Cowboys established a new franchise low in rushing touchdowns in the 2011 season with five, which included a rushing TD by Romo himself.
    More Details Hide Details The Cowboys rushing attack ranked 18th in the league with 1,807 yards and the five rushing touchdowns tied for 30th in the league. Romo and the Cowboys have not had a 1,000-yard rusher on the team since Julius Jones in the 2006 campaign, the season Romo took over as a starter. Romo has thus not played with a 1,000-yard rusher for the last 5 seasons.
    Romo had the highest quarterback rating (141.3) in a losing effort of any signal-caller for the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 16 against the Eagles, Romo suffered a severely bruised hand when he smashed it against an opposing player's helmet. Romo left this game after attempting just two passes with no completions. The next week, in the season finale at Metlife Stadium against the Giants, the winner between the Cowboys and Giants would take the NFC East title and a spot in the playoffs, while the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. Romo started the game despite the hand injury the previous week. Romo posted 29 out of 37 passing for 289 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a 106. QB rating and a 78% pass completion rate (second highest of the season) as the Cowboys lost the game 31-14, dropped to an 8-8 record and were eliminated from playoff contention. The Cowboys went 5-0 for the season when rookie running back DeMarco Murray received 20+ touches in the game and 2-5 when he did not. In the five games where Murray got 20 or more touches, Romo averaged a passer rating of 112.10, 246.60 yards per game, along with 12 combined touchdown passes with two interceptions and a 66.99% pass completion rate.
    Romo had four fourth-quarter comebacks in 2011 (49ers, Redskins twice and against the Dolphins) and had a would-be game winning field goal attempt against the Cardinals and a would-be game-tying field goal attempt against the Giants both blocked (The Cowboys would go on to lose both of those games).
    More Details Hide Details In Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers (who would later go on to the NFC Championship), Romo suffered a broken rib and a punctured lung on a hit from Carlos Rogers in the second quarter that forced him to miss part of the game. In this game, rookie kicker Dan Bailey missed a 21-yard field goal that would prove to be crucial at the end of the game. Romo came back in the final seconds of the 3rd quarter and played the fourth quarter throwing for a touchdown and driving down the field for the game-tying field goal with four seconds left in the game to force overtime. The 49ers won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. The Cowboys defense forced the punt and Romo started the drive at their 22-yard line. On the first offensive possession for the Cowboys in overtime, Romo connected with Jesse Holley for 77 yards to set up the 19 yard game-winning field goal. Romo finished the game with 345 yards and two touchdowns with a 116.4 rating despite the cracked rib and punctured lung. For his performance in this game, Romo earned the NFC's Offensive player of the Week Award. Romo played the rest of the season with the cracked rib and used a protective vest for a few games to protect his torso.
    Romo finished the 2011 season with 346 completions on 522 attempts (66.3%) for 4,184 yards 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a QB rating of 102.5 in 16 starts.
    More Details Hide Details His 102.5 QB rating was good for fourth best in the league behind the National League MVP Aaron Rodgers, Offensive Player of the Year Drew Brees and AFC Champion Tom Brady and second highest in Cowboys history. His 66.3 pass completion percentage was 3rd in the league behind Rodgers and Brees. His 4,184 yards ranked as third highest in team history behind his 2009 and 2007 records. Romo also added 46 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown with three lost fumbles and was sacked a career-high 36 times. Half of Romo's interceptions for the season occurred in the first four games of the season and for the final 12 games Romo threw 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
  • 2010
    He was placed on Injured Reserve on December 21, 2010 and replaced by veteran Jon Kitna.
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    During the October 25, 2010 Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants, Romo suffered a broken left clavicle.
    More Details Hide Details The injury occurred during the second quarter, when Romo was driven to the turf by Giants linebacker Michael Boley.
  • 2009
    On July 13, 2009, People reported that Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson had broken up on July 9, 2009—the night before her 29th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Romo's grandfather, Ramiro Romo Sr., emigrated from Múzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico, to San Antonio, Texas as an adolescent. The elder Romo cites Tony's success as an example of the possibilities afforded to immigrants in the United States: "I've always said this is a country of opportunities. If you don't get a job or an education, it's because you don't want to." Romo is a "Navy brat": he was born while his father Ramiro Romo, Jr. was stationed at the San Diego U.S. Naval Base. The Romos later returned to Burlington, Wisconsin, where Ramiro would become a carpenter and construction worker and his wife Joan would be a grocery-store clerk. In September 2007, Ramiro Romo Jr. was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Tony Romo has stated that, while upset about the family crisis, he still must continue to focus on his career.
    Romo finished the 2009 season as the first quarterback in team history to take every snap for a full season.
    More Details Hide Details He also passed his own mark for single season passing yardage, with 4,483 yards, and became the first Cowboys quarterback to throw 20+ touchdowns and less than ten interceptions in a season. His eight 300 yard games was also a team record, surpassing his own record from 2007. His 1.6% interception percentage tied a team record, and his career interception percentage is now the lowest in franchise history. The Dallas Cowboys became the NFC East division champions with their season finale shutout of the Philadelphia Eagles, the second division title in Romo's three full seasons as the starting quarterback. Romo had a 104.9 passer rating in a 34-14 win of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs, earning the first play-off win in 13 years for the Dallas Cowboys, and his own first career post-season win.
  • 2008
    In what became a de facto third playoff game for Romo shortly prior to its start, on December 28, 2008, Romo and the Cowboys failed to compete against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 44–6 loss.
    More Details Hide Details Romo committed three turnovers in the game and went 21/39 for 183 yards and no touchdowns. The loss dropped Romo's combined record in December to 5–8 and again raised questions concerning Romo's performance in games of consequence. Romo led the Cowboys to a 34–21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener. Romo completed 16 of his 27 passes for a then-career high 353 yards along with three touchdowns. Romo and the Cowboys were defeated in week 2 against the New York Giants in the Cowboys home opener at their new Cowboys Stadium. Romo completed 13 of 29 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown. He also threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown for the Giants. Romo was quoted as saying, "We came out stale" against a Denver Broncos team that thoroughly shut down his teams passing and running attacks. He was successful in completing a 53-yard pass to Sam Hurd at the end of the second half but failed on the following three plays to get the ball in the end zone, which would have taken the game into overtime. He was quoted as saying, "we need to get better."
    On September 15, 2008, Romo led the Dallas Cowboys to a 41–37 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second game of the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details Romo completed 21 of his 30 passes for a total of 312 yards and three touchdowns. The 54 combined points scored by the Cowboys and Eagles in the first half were the second most scored in a half during a Monday Night Football game. Romo and the Cowboys would win their third straight before losing to the Washington Redskins, falling to 3–1. Following a win against the Cincinnati Bengals, Romo was injured in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Cowboys, under Brad Johnson, went 1–2 the next three games, falling to the St. Louis Rams, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and losing to the New York Giants.
    On September 7, 2008, Romo led the Cowboys to a 28–10 win over the Cleveland Browns in their season opener.
    More Details Hide Details Romo completed 24 of his 32 passes for a total of 320 yards and one touchdown. After the game, Romo required 13 stitches for a large gash on his chin that occurred during the third quarter when linebacker Willie McGinest hit Romo in the chin with his helmet. The NFL fined McGinest $7,500 for the hit.
    In the Cowboys' January 13, 2008 Division playoff game against the New York Giants, Romo was unable to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory.
    More Details Hide Details On 4th down with less than half a minute and no timeouts left, Romo threw the ball into the endzone, but it was intercepted by Giants cornerback R. W. McQuarters, ensuring that the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs with a 17–21 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants.
  • 2007
    In November 2007, Romo began dating American singer and actress Jessica Simpson.
    More Details Hide Details On December 16, 2007, Simpson attended a Dallas Cowboys–Philadelphia Eagles game at Texas Stadium, in which Romo had a bad performance in the loss to the Eagles. Controversy erupted before the playoff game against the New York Giants—a game the Cowboys would lose—when pictures surfaced of Romo (along with teammates Jason Witten and Bobby Carpenter) at a resort in Cabo San Lucas with Simpson.
    Romo began the 2007 season with four touchdown passes and an additional touchdown rush, the first of his career, defeating the New York Giants 45–35 in the Cowboys' first game of the regular season, His 345 passing yards in Week 1 led the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 2, Romo threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns beating the Miami Dolphins, ranking him seventh in passing yards and tied for second with six touchdown passes. Romo added 329 passing yards and two touchdown passes in the Cowboys' Week 3 34–10 win over the Chicago Bears. The following week, he passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns in a 35–7 win over the St. Louis Rams. He also ran for an additional touchdown. This brought his season totals to 1199 passing yards with 11 passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. In Week 5 of the season on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills, Romo threw five interceptions (four in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns) and lost a fumble. He became the second person in the history of Monday Night Football to throw five interceptions in a winning effort. The first person was his QB coach Wade Wilson. Nonetheless, he threw for 4,211 yards (third in the NFL) and 36 touchdown passes during the regular season (second only to Tom Brady). His 97.4 passer rating was good enough for fifth in the NFL behind Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, David Garrard, and Peyton Manning.
    Romo played in the 2007 Pro Bowl after Drew Brees went down with an elbow injury as a substitution for Marc Bulger.
    More Details Hide Details Romo threw one touchdown and one interception. Romo was the NFC's kickoff holder in the game.
  • 2006
    Romo finished the 2006 season ranked seventh in the NFC in passing yards (2,903) and touchdown passes (19).
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    He concluded the 2006 regular season with 220 completions on 337 pass attempts for 2,903 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, with a passer rating of 95.1.
    More Details Hide Details The Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card playoff round on January 6, 2007. With the Cowboys trailing 21–20 on fourth-and-one with 1:19 left in the game, the Cowboys attempted a 19-yard field goal. Romo, the holder for the kick, fumbled the snap. He recovered the ball and attempted to run it in, but was tackled short of the first down marker, and turned the ball over on the Seattle 2-yard line. The Cowboys went on to lose the game.
    On November 19, 2006, Romo led the Cowboys past the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL's last unbeaten team.
    More Details Hide Details Romo completed 19 of 23 passes as the Cowboys won against the Colts 21–14. Four days later he helped the Cowboys win in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the score of 38–10. Romo went 22-29 with 306 yards and five touchdown passes and no interceptions. For his performance, he was awarded FOX's Galloping Gobbler award as the Thanksgiving Day MVP. Romo aided the Cowboys in clinching a playoff spot, the second since Parcells became coach in 2003.
    On October 25, Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells announced that Romo would be the Cowboys starting quarterback for the October 29 game against the Carolina Panthers on NBC Sunday Night Football, in Week 8 of the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details Romo led the Cowboys to victory in his first game as a starter, 35–14. In that game, Romo was Sunday Night Footballs "Rock Star of the Game."
    One week later on October 23, 2006, Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe for the start of the second half of a game against the New York Giants.
    More Details Hide Details His first pass was tipped and intercepted. His game stats in only his second NFL appearance were: 14 completions on 25 attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown).
    Romo eventually took over the first-string quarterback role from Drew Bledsoe during half time against the New York Giants on October 23, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Romo began the season as a backup to starter Drew Bledsoe. He took his first regular season snap at quarterback in a home game against the Houston Texans on October 15. His first NFL pass was a 33-yard completion to Sam Hurd. His only other pass of the game was a two-yard touchdown pass, his first in the NFL, to Terrell Owens.
    In the 2006 off-season, Sean Payton (now head coach of the New Orleans Saints), offered a third round draft pick for Romo, but Jerry Jones refused, asking for no less than a second round draft pick.
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  • 2005
    Elevated to the Cowboys' #2 quarterback in 2005, Romo had strong showings in the 2005 and 2006 pre-seasons.
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  • 2004
    Romo is an avid amateur golfer, and attempted to qualify for the 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the 2005 U.S. Open, but failed.
    More Details Hide Details During the offseason, when not training, he plays golf around Dallas. He failed to make the cut in qualifying for Byron Nelson in 2008. Romo is also a frequent guest on national sports radio programs. During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he was the co-host of "Inside The Huddle", a one-hour player commentary show that aired on local talk radio in Dallas along with linebacker Bradie James. Romo was replaced for the 2008 season by wide receiver Terrell Owens. The show is broadcast on the KLLI radio station in Dallas. In September 2008, Romo signed a 5-year, $10 million endorsement deal with apparel marketer Starter.
    One of Romo's early career highlights was in 2004, when (as the third string QB) he rushed for the winning touchdown with six seconds left in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.
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    Throughout 2004 and 2005, Romo served as the holder for placekicks.
    More Details Hide Details After Vinny Testaverde's tenure in Dallas ended in 2005, the Cowboys signed veteran quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the eighth starting quarterback for the Cowboys since 2000.
  • 2003
    Romo entered the 2003 training camp third on the Cowboys' depth chart behind Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, the Cowboys released quarterback Chad Hutchinson and signed veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde and traded a third round draft pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Drew Henson. Romo faced being cut from the roster until Quincy Carter was released following allegations of substance abuse.
    Despite intriguing some scouts, he went undrafted by any NFL team during the 2003 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the draft, Romo was assured by Sean Payton of the Cowboys' interest (Romo was also intensely pursued by former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan), and shortly afterwards was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cowboys.
    Romo attended the 2003 NFL Combine.
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    Not selected in the 2003 NFL Draft, Romo signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.
    More Details Hide Details After two seasons as a holder, Romo replaced the Cowboys' previous starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe during a game against the New York Giants in the 2006 season. Romo was a Pro Bowl selection for the 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2014 seasons, all seasons in which the Dallas Cowboys made the playoffs. He has also broken Dallas Cowboys team records including most games with at least 300 passing yards and games with three or more touchdown passes. However, Romo has also been noted for a lack of postseason success and to date, has won only two of the six playoff games he played in. Since 2006, Tony Romo has a higher passer rating in the 4th quarter than any other NFL quarterback. Romo was born in San Diego, California, while his father, Ramiro Romo, Jr., was serving in the United States Navy, and his mother, Joan (Jakubowski) Romo, was a store clerk. His family returned to their home in Burlington, Wisconsin. Romo played baseball as a child and was selected to the Little League All-Star team.
  • 2002
    On December 19, 2002, Romo became the first player in Eastern Illinois and Ohio Valley Conference history to win the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top Division I-AA football player.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his career holding school and conference records with 85 touchdown passes. He was second in school and third in conference history with 8,212 passing yards and second in school history with 584 completions and 941 attempts. As a senior, he set school and conference records for completions with 258 in 407 attempts for 3,418 yards. This was second in conference and third in school history for a season. He threw for 34 touchdowns and scored one rushing touchdown. Romo's 3,149 yards in total offense as a senior ranked third in school and conference history. Along with the Walter Payton Award, Romo earned consensus All-America honors. He was also selected All-Ohio Valley Conference and was named OVC Player of the Year for the third straight year. During homecoming weekend on October 17, 2009, Eastern Illinois University retired Romo's No. 17 jersey and inducted him into EIU's Hall of Fame. Romo is the first Eastern Illinois player to have his number retired. He said of the event, "It was such an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame here, and with the jersey ceremony, it holds a special place in your heart."
    Romo earned OVC Player of the Week honors on October 14, 2002 after his eight-yard scramble run on the last play of the game led Eastern Illinois to a 25-24 win over Eastern Kentucky.
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    At Eastern Illinois, Romo won the Walter Payton Award in 2002, and led the Panthers football team to an Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Romo attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where he played for the NCAA Division I-AA Eastern Illinois Panthers football team. As a sophomore in 2000, he ranked second in Division I-AA in passing efficiency, completing 164 of 278 (59%) passes for 2,583 yards and 27 touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details After the season, he was honored as an All-America honorable mention, an All-Ohio Valley Conference member, and the OVC Player of the Year. As a junior, he led Division I-AA in passing efficiency, completing 138-of-207 passes for 2,068 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • 1998
    Romo graduated from Burlington High in 1998.
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  • 1997
    In the 1997 season, Romo and the Demons finished with a 3–6 record, though he earned several honors, including the All-Racine County football team and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State first team honors.
    More Details Hide Details Romo also was a starter on the BHS varsity basketball team and also played golf and tennis.
  • 1980
    Born on April 21, 1980.
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