Tony Romo to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
Jim Nantz congratulates Tony Romo on making the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ftZPRSG6Go
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Before landing in Texas, Romo already concluded a decorated amateur career with the Eastern Illinois Panthers. He recorded career totals of 8,212 passing yards and 85 touchdowns through three seasons.
Romo also garnered prestigious recognitions and was named a three-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, snagged the 2002 Walter Payton Award, and was selected to three-straight All-American selections from 2000 to 2002. He is also a member of the Eastern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and his No. 17 jersey was also retired by the program back in 2009.
Despite having an eventful stint with Eastern Illinois, Romo still went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. However, he was still given an opportunity by the Cowboys where he eventually made a name for himself in the NFL.
However, a back injury sustained in 2016 would hinder him from continuing to see action in the league. He eventually retired in April of 2017 and passed the torch to current starting quarterback Dak Prescott.
He spent the entirety of his professional career in Dallas from 2003 to 2016, highlighted by being the 2014 NFL passer rating leader, 2014 NFL completion percentage leader, with four trips to the Pro Bowl. Although he wasn’t drafted out of college, Romo still made the most out of his opportunities in the league and became one of the more recognizable quarterbacks in Cowboys history.
Tony Romo will be one of 11 players and two other coaches who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 2021.