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Romo Returns To Eastern Illinois For Gala

The Cowboys quarterback and EIU alum hosted the Athletic Director's gala on Tuesday



    Tony Romo has had a loaded schedule over the last week or so.

    This time last week, he was teeing off with Tiger Woods at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am in sunny California. From there, he headed to snowy Illinois to take part in a fundraising gala for his alma mater, Eastern Illinois University, and revisit his old stomping grounds with his wife, Candice Crawford.

    While there, Romo, who played for the Panthers from 1999 to 2002, reflected warmly on his time in the decidedly not-so-warm city of Charleston, Illinois.

    I learned a lot while I was here,” Romo told The Daily Eastern News. “I learned a lot about what it took to get better, what it took to be a student athlete and how to go about the process of that.”

    Of course, agreeing to host the Athletic Director’s Gala meant that Romo would be spending his first Valentine’s Day as a married man in Effingham, Illinois, which as you might guess isn’t exactly Paris as far as romance goes. But the Cowboys’ quarterback, in his words, thinks he got away with it.

    “She's from Dallas, originally, so she always likes to see snow whenever she can,” Romo said of his wife. “She's never been to Eastern before, so we took a stroll through memory lane and Charleston. I kind of just pointed out a few things over the years, where I lived and the football place, and went and said hi to the staff.”

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