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You know Tony Romo is the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and you may know he’s married to a former Miss Missouri and loves golf, but here are 6 things you might not know about him:

1. Tony Romo won the Walter Payton award in 2002 at Eastern Illinois. The award is given annually to the top Divison I-AA football player. He led his team to an Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2001.

LOCAL_ALL-COUNTY_TEAM_S_LJC_138274772. He was a member of the 1998 Racine County (Wisconsin) All-County boys’ basketball team. Tony also played varsity basketball, golf, and tennis at Burlington High School and he was the first athlete there to receive all-state recognition.

3. Romo was inducted into Eastern Illinois’ Hall of Fame on October 17th, 2009 and became the first player to have his number, 17, retired by the school.

4. He attended the 2003 NFL Combine, but went undrafted. Sean Payton who was then an assistant to the Cowboys and also attended Eastern Illinois assured Romo that the team was interested. He was signed as an undrafted rookietony-romo-offensive-mind-like-sean-payton free agent by Dallas. In 2006, Sean Payton, by then the head coach of the Saints, offered a third-round draft pick for Romo and the Cowboys refused.

5. In 2006, Romo took his first regular-season snap at quarterback in a home game against the Houston Texans. His first pass was a 33-yard completion to Sam Hurd.

6. In 2007, he became the second player in history of Monday Night Football to throw five interceptions in a winning game as the Cowboys rallied to beat Buffalo.


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