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He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2003.Beginning his career as a holder, Romo became the Cowboys' starting quarterback during the 2006 season.17 jersey and inducted him into EIU's Hall of Fame.Romo is the first Eastern Illinois player to have his number retired.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.Romo also was a starter on the Burlington High School varsity basketball team and also played golf and tennis.Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and former quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).
Romo started as quarterback for the Burlington High School Demons beginning as a junior (1996 season).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.Romo entered the 2003 training camp third on the Cowboys' depth chart behind Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson.He finished his career holding school and conference records with 85 touchdown passes.
As a senior, he set school and conference records for completions with 258 in 407 attempts for 3,418 yards.
One of Romo's early career highlights was in 2004, when (as the third-string quarterback) he rushed for the winning touchdown with six seconds left in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.