Tony Romo Bio: Early Life, Career, Wife & Net Worth

Tony Romo is a former NFL player and sports analyst for the CBS network. He is a former quarterback who has played 14 seasons since 2003 with the Dallas Cowboys.

Besides that, he was named to the Pro Bowl four times and finally retired in 2016 due to a back injury.

If you’re still having trouble thinking where you saw him, he is also the ex-boyfriend of singer and actress Jessica Simpson. The player got a lot of bad press when he broke up with Simpson the night before her birthday.

Tony Romo In CBS
The former Quarterback In CBS

The jersey number 9 landed his sports analyst job quite quickly after announcing his NFL retirement.

The quarterback serves as the lead color analyst for CBS‘s NFL telecasts. He works alongside sportscaster Jim Natz or also known as his announcing partner.

The former quarterback also received a lot of attention when he signed a $100 million contract to stay on the CBS network.

As per the deal, Romo will earn $17 million per year, making him the highest-paid sportscaster to this date.

Here are some quick facts about the player before getting into details about his life.

Quick Facts

Full NameAntonio Ramiro Romo
Birth DateApril 21, 1980
Birth PlaceSan Diego, California
Nick NameRomo-Stradamus
EducationEastern Illinois University
Father’s NameRamiro Romo Jr.
Mother’s NameJoan Jakubowski Romo
SiblingsTwo; Jossalyn and Danielle Romo
Age42 Years Old
Weight230 lb
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBrown
ProfessionFormer NFL Player, Sportscaster
TeamDallas Cowboys
Active Years2003-2016
Marital StatusMarried
WifeCandace Crawford
Net Worth$70 million
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter
MerchT-Shirt, Signed Helmet, Posters, Signed Jersey
Last UpdateNovember, 2022

Tony Romo | Early Life, Family, And Education

The former NFL player was born in San Diego, California, to Ramiro Romo Jr. and Joan Jakubowski. Ramiro was in the navy stationed at San Diego, U.S.

Naval Base when Antonio was born on April 21, 1980. After his service, the family shifted back to Burlington, Wisconsin.

Tony Romo With His Parents
Antonio With His Parents

There Tony’s father got a carpenter and construction job, whereas his mother became a clerk at a grocery store. Besides that, the quarterback has two sisters, namely Jossalyn Romo and Danielle Romo.

The former Cowboy finished school at Burlington High School, where he also played as a quarterback for the Burlington Demons.

During his last year at the school, he was honored with Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State first-team honors and named on the All-Racine County football team. Besides that, he also played golf and tennis.

He went on to attend Eastern Illinois University for his college education.

Tony Romo | Age, Height, And Weight

The sportscaster celebrated his 40th birthday on April 21, 2020. The footballer weighs 230lb, which is around 104 kgs and is 6 feet 2 inches high.

Tony Romo | Football And Analyst Career

College Career

The footballer attended Eastern Illinois University, where he played for the Illinois Panthers. Moreover, he was also a member of Sigma Pi.

He had a pretty successful college career and was ranked second in Division I-AA in passing efficiency in his sophomore year.

Tony Romo In College
Romo in College

In his junior year, he ended up leading Division I-AA in passing efficiency. On top of that, he became the first Illinois Panther to win the Walter Payton Award and also received consensus All-America honors.

Overall he became the first player to earn OVC Player of the Year for three years consecutively.

The EIU retired his jersey number 17 in the 2009 homecoming and his induction into the EIU’s Hall Of Fame.

NFL Career

Early Seasons

Despite being a good player, he was undrafted in the 2003 NFL draft. However, later on, he was offered to play as an undrafted free agent for Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys.

Even though the Cowboys paid him less than the Broncos, he still went for them.

During the early seasons, he was only a holder. One of his exceptional moments during the 2004 season was when he made the winning touchdown with only six seconds left against the Oakland Raiders.

Tony Romo
Jersey Number 9 Cowboy

In the 2006 season, he was back up for Drew Bledsoe and led the Cowboys to a win against Carolina Panthers in his first game as a starter.

Also, he helped them win the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Moreover, he also assisted the Cowboys in winning a Thanksgiving game and received FOX’s Galloping Gobbler Award.

The 2007 season was good for Romo and the Cowboys as they won over New York Giants in their first game. After that, they beat the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and St. Louis Rams.

The quarterback had 1199 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns during the season. He signed a $67.5 million, six-year extension deal with the Cowboys in October of 2008.

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Later Seasons

The quarterback did a career-high 406 yards and three touchdowns in 2010, but injuries held him back. He broke his left clavicle and was on leave for the rest of the season.

Even in the 2011 season against a game with the San Francisco 49ers, he suffered a broken rib and punctured lung.

However, he came back and scored a game-tying touchdown forcing overtime with just four seconds left.

He and a fellow teammate aimed for a game-winning goal and eventually won the game for which Romo received NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week Award.

Shortly after, he severely bruised his hand but still started the game a week later. In the entirety of the 2011 season, he made 32 of the 39 touchdowns, which was the highest team touchdown in the regular season.

Romo Last Game
Romo Last Game

In 2013, the Cowboys signed a $108 million football contract with the athlete for a six-year extension.

Later, he led his team to a win against the Giants after having surgery to remove a cyst. Moreover, he helped win against Washington Redskins by scoring a touchdown, which kept the Cowboys’ playoff hopes alive.

However, he ended up suffering a herniated disk injury and ended up on the injured reserve list.

During the 2014 season, Tony and the Cowboys won six games back to back. Once again, he ended up with a back injury when an opposing teammate hit him in the back with his knee.

The sportscaster played well at the beginning of the 2015 season; nonetheless, another injury followed him to the collarbone that cost him eight weeks off the field.

But he did manage to throw three interceptions in the first half. 

During his absence, the Cowboys failed to win a single game. When he came back, he injured his left shoulder again and was on injured leave.


Due to his injury in the 2016 season, he could not start the game and missed a chunk of the season. He played his first game against the Philadelphia Eagles, ironically, the last game of his NFL career.

The quarterback announced his retirement on April 4, 2017, due to his injuries that limited him. Tony has a stellar Playoff Record as well. 

Sportscaster Career

After his retirement, he received a job as a lead color analyst for the CBS network. The offer gathered many controversies as no other ex-player or coaches were ever given a lead position.

Moreover, his job offer overlooked other broadcasting veterans who would be perfect for the job.

However, he did live up to people’s expectations and proved his worth to the network and the fans. His game predictions are most popular and admired by everyone.

On top of that, The New Yorker also termed him a “genius of football commentary.” Also, he renewed his contract with the network, which would quadruple his annual salary.

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Tony Romo | Dating, Marriage, And Kids

The 40-year-old was dating famous singer and actress Jessica Simpson in 2007. He reportedly kissed her on their first date and was so sure he wanted to be with her.

They had a pretty good run for three years until, in 2009, he was bothered by the fact that John Mayer was interested in her.

Despite denying there was anything between them, Romo broke up with Simpson via an email the night before her 29th birthday, as she revealed in her biography.

Jessica later stated that Antonio eventually believed her, but it was too late by then.

Tony Romo Family
Tony Romo Family

The Cowboy went on to date and later married Miss Missouri USA 2008 and former journalist Candice Crawford.

She is also the sister of actor Chace Crawford. The duo engaged on December 16, 2010, and got married on May 28, 2011.

The beautiful pair have three kids together, namely their firstborn Hawkins Crawford Romo, on April 9, 2012; Rivers Romo was born on March 18, 2014; and their lastborn, Jones McCoy Romo, who was born on August 23, 2017.

Tony Romo | Net Worth, Salary, And Charity

Net Worth And Salary

The former NFL player has a net worth of $70 million. As of 2022, he earns $17 million per year as a salary from the CBS network, the highest sportscaster pay as of 2020. Previously he earned $4 million per year as an analyst.

On top of that, ESPN wanted to deal with Romo before he signed but unfortunately couldn’t match the offer.

Moreover, the analyst made over $130 million in his entire career in the NFL as an undrafted free agent, which is $40 million more than any undrafted agent has ever earned.

On top of that, in 2015, he made around $5 million in endorsements alone. In 2008, he had signed a $10 million, five-year deal with Starter company.

According to Spotrac, Romo made an estimated $127.4 million from his NFL contract alone. 

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Tony hosts an annual youth football camp in Wisconsin. He is also involved with United Way, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He participates in their programs to uplift the communities.

Tony Romo | Social Media Presence

The father of three is on Instagram, with over 728 thousand followers. Nonetheless, he does not seem to be quite active on social media as he follows only four people, including his family.

The 40-year-old has 39 posts and shares many beautiful pictures of his adorable kids and wife, his job, his NFL days, and a few with singer Teyana Taylor.

The quarterback has been on Twitter with over 551.5 thousand followers since he joined in 2008.

Moreover, the former footballer shares his projects and ads, and his fellow players, former Cowboy teammates, broadcasters, and media follow him.

Tony Romo | FAQs

Is Tony Romo Mexican? 

Yes, Tony is Mexican by heritage, even though he was born and raised in America. His paternal grandparent, actually his grandfather, emigrated from Mexico and settled in San Antonio, Texas. 

Was Carrie Underwood with Tony Romo?

Yes, deemed perfect couple then, country star Carrie Underwood and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony dated each other briefly in 2007.

Is Tony Romo on the Korn Ferry Tour?

Yes, the former Cowboys quarterback and current NFL analyst Tony took part in his first Korn Ferry Tour event, a golf tournament, in April 2021. 

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