Arguably, football is the number one sports in America and over time, several men have played the sport at the highest level and marked their names in the history books of the sport. One of them is Antonio Ramiro Romo, who is more popularly known to fans of American football and fan of the Dallas Cowboys as Tony Romo.
Tony Romo, a quarterback of merit played in the NFL for one of the leading teams in the league, Dallas Cowboys for a total of 14 seasons, guiding them to several achievements and picking up individual accolades of his own on the way. Since retirement, he has taken up interest in broadcasting and golfing, where he is a recognized amateur golfer who regularly competes in various tournaments. Learn more about the life of Tony Romo by reading below.
Tony Romo’s Biography
As mentioned earlier, Tony Romo was born Antonio Ramiro Romo to parents Ramiro Romo Jr and Joan Jakubowski on the 21st of April, 1980 in San Diego, California. He was born on a Naval base as a result of his father’s occupation but later grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Tony Romo’s first interest in sports began with America’s second biggest sport, Baseball, which he played as a child. His diversion to football began in high school at Burlington High where he played as a quarterback, a role he played well into his professional career.
Following graduation from high school, Tony Romo attended Eastern Illinois University where he played three seasons of college football for the Illinois team between 2000 and 2002, registering incredible personal achievements, such as being named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year three times, which led to the retirement of his jersey number, 17 and a subsequent induction into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Tony Romo initially looked like he wouldn’t make it into the NFL when he went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft but he was eventually signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent. The decision to sign Tony Romo proved to be one of the smartest decisions in the team’s history as he went on to establish himself as the team’s best quarterback during his time with the team between 2006 and 2015.
He achieved multiple Pro Bowl nominations for his performances and led his team to the playoffs four times. Although he never won the Super Bowl during his career, he remains one of the best players in NFL history never to win the Super Bowl having recorded career stats like being the fourth highest passer of all time. He also holds several individual records for the Dallas Cowboys including passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Following his retirement in 2016, he joined CBS Sports as a broadcaster, quickly rising to become one of the top sports commentators in the country. He is also an amateur golfer who has competed in the American Century Championship and the Eds Byron Nelson Championship.
Net worth and Salary
Tony Romo is no longer an active player but that doesn’t mean the well of huge salaries has dried off. As a broadcaster for CBS Sports, he has been earning a salary of $4 million since he signed to be a color commentator for the broadcast network. It doesn’t compare to his salary as an active football player, where he was earning over $20 million but it has helped Tony maintain a net worth of $90 million since he retired.
Wife – Candice Crawford
Tony’s wife, Candice Crawford is a former beauty queen who won the 2008 version of Miss Missouri USA and has competed in the Miss USA beauty pageant. She is a journalist who has worked for stations like KDAF, which is based in Dallas. She is also the co-owner of Hawk + Sloane, an oil spray business.
Tony Romo fell in love and married Candice Crawford, who also happens to be the sister of the actor, Chace Crawford of Gossip Girl on the 28th of May, 2011. The marriage has stayed strong ever since it began and has produced three children – Hawkins Crawford Romo, Rivers Romo, and Jones McCoy Romo. They are all boys born in 2012, 2014 and 2017 respectively. Before they got married, Tony Romo and his wife dated for two years and got engaged on the 16th of December 2010.
Tony Romo’s Height
You can’t possibly have a long career in the NFL like Tony Romo has had without an exceptional physically fit body. The extremely physically demanding sport requires the very best physical fitness, which Tony Romo has maintained despite his retirement.
His athletic body stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches with a body weight of 104kg. Tony Romo is not one for flashy aesthetics and as such there are no visible tattoos on his body, with only the visible complementary features being his brown hair and black eyes.