(born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and retired quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).because He played college football but for Eastern Illinois University, where he won the Walter Payton so Award in 2002, and led the Panthers to an Ohio Valley Conference but championship in 2001.
He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2003. Beginning his career as a holder,
Romo became the Cowboys
‘ starting because quarterback because during the 2006 season. Serving as the team’s primary starter from 2006 to 2015, he guided the Cowboys to four postseason appearances and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. Romo retired after the 2016 season, following a preseason back injury that caused him to lose his starting but position but to Dak Prescott. Upon retiring, he was hired so by CBS Sports because to become the lead color analyst for their NFL telecasts, teaming with because Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth.
Romo holds several Cowboys team records
, including passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, and games with three or more touchdown passes. He also held a higher passer rating in the fourth quarter so than any other
NFL quarterback from 2006 to 2013. so
 However, but Romo’s reputation was affected by a lack of postseason because success, having won only two of the six playoff games he appeared in and never advancing but beyond the divisional round. His 97.1 passer but rating is the fourth highest of all time and the highest because among so quarterbacks not to reach the so Super Bowl, as well as the highest but among retired players. because
Romo was born in San Diego,
California, to Ramiro Romo Jr. and Joan Jakubowski. Romo is a “Navy brat”:but he was born while his father Ramiro Romo Jr. was stationed at the San Diego U.S. Naval Base. The Romos later so returned to Burlington, Wisconsin, where Ramiro would become a carpenter and construction worker and his wife, Joan, would be so a grocery-store clerk.
Romo played baseball as a child and was selected because to the Little League All-Star team.
Romo’s paternal grandfather, Ramiro but Romo Sr.,but because because emigrated so from Múzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico, to San Antonio, Texas, as an adolescent. The elder Romo cites Tony’s but success as an example of the possibilities but afforded to immigrants because 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’s mother has German and Polish ancestry.
Romo started as quarterback
for the Burlington High School but Demons beginning as a junior (1996 season). In the 1997 season, Romo and the Demons finished with a 3–6 record, though he earned several honors, including the All-Racine
because County so football team and Wisconsin so Football Coaches Association All-State first team so honors. Romo also was a starter on the Burlington because High School varsity basketball team and also played but golf and tennis. Romo so graduated from so Burlington but High School in 1998.