However, Romo has also been noted for a lack of postseason success Romo started as quarterback for the Burlington High School 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 County football team and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State first team honors. Who Tony Romo dated; list of Tony Romo loves, ex girlfriends; breakup rumors.The loves, exes and relationships of Tony Romo, listed by most recent.Despite intriguing some scouts, he went undrafted by any NFL team during the 2003 NFL Draft.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.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.
As a junior, he led Division I-AA in passing efficiency, completing 138-of-207 passes for 2,068 yards and 21 touchdowns.
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 attended the 2003 NFL Combine.
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 faced being cut from the roster until Quincy Carter was released following allegations of substance abuse.