Romo also was a starter on the Burlington High School varsity basketball team and also played golf and tennis.
Romo graduated from Burlington High School in 1998.
Today, Fox Sports 1’s Skip Bayless—who is unabashedly one of sports media’s biggest Romo supporters—said the quarterback’s romance with Simpson hurt his career.
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.
He finished his career holding school and conference records with 85 touchdown passes.