During the 2003 draft, thirteen quarterbacks were selected. In 2002, Romo clinched victory at Eastern Illinois where he won the Walter Payton Award, given annual to the top Division I-AA football player.In 2001, the Panthers were led by him to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.
Romo attended the 2003 NFL combine but went undrafted.
Sean Payton, then an assistant with the Cowboys, assured Romo that Dallas was interested.
The Dallas Cowboys have apparently reversed course and decided that Tony Romo will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Adam Schefter and Todd Archer of ESPN.
Though rookie Dak Prescott is expected to start the game, both Romo and Mark Sanchez are expected to get playing time.
This season's injury was a compression fracture in his back.