Antonio Ramiro Romo, usually known as Tony Romo, was born in San Diego, California on April 21, 1980. A quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl on three occasions and holds the Dallas Cowboys team record for most games with 300 or more passing yards.
During his youth, Romo attended Burlington High School in Burlington, Wisconsin, where he became the starting quarterback in his junior year. In 1997, he earned All-State first team honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, but the team posted a losing record of 3-6 for the season.
Romo went on to play college football for Eastern Illinois University, where he became a three-time All American and was named as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year three times. He led the Eastern Illinois Panthers to an Ohio Valley Conference Title in 2001 and the following year, he became the first player in the school's history to win the Walter Payton Award. In 2009, Eastern Illinois University inducted Romo into their Hall of Fame and retired his jersey number, making him the first EIU alumni to receive that honor.
Despite attracting the interest of several teams, in the 2003 NFL Draft, Romo went undrafted. However, he signed for the Dallas Cowboys soon after, as a free agent. Originally a backup quarterback, he came close to being cut from the team, until Quincy Carter was released in 2004. After two seasons as a holder, Romo became the team's starting quarterback midway through the 2006 season, replacing Drew Bledsoe in the role. He helped to guide the team to the NFL Playoffs and was subsequently named to the Pro Bowl, following an injury to Drew Brees.
Over the years since, Romo has been named to two more Pro Bowls, in 2007 and 2009, having led the Cowboys to the playoffs on both occasions. After an injury-hit 2010 season, Romo enjoyed solid 2011 and 2012 seasons, but the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs either time. In 2013, he signed a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys, which is expected to keep him with the team for the rest of his career.
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