Tony Romo a first-time nominee for College Football Hall of Fame

Tony Romo
Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Television announcer Tony Romo following the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could soon be enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame after being nominated on Monday.

The 2020 ballot was released Monday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame. Romo is one of more than 100 nominees nominated, and after ballots are cast the chosen few will be inducted next January before the college football national title game takes place.

Before becoming an NFL star, Romo was a relatively obscure small-school star at Eastern Illinois. He was a 2002 First Team All-American and earned the Walter Payton FCS Player of the Year award. Romo also set numerous school and conference records. Among them were his 8,212 career passing yards and 85 touchdowns.

Romo went undrafted in 2003 and signed with the Cowboys following the draft. Of course, that is part of his legend, as he went on to forge a highly productive NFL career, starting 127 games while passing for 34,183 yards and 248 touchdowns.

Since retiring in 2017, Romo has become one of the preeminent NFL broadcasters on television due to his outstanding work for CBS Sports.