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Tony Romo; Full-Time Quarterback, Part-Time Boy Scout

By September 12, 2008

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All too often we hear about the bad things professional athletes do off the field, but rarely do we hear of the contributions many of them make back to the communities they live or grew up in, or the good deeds they do for other less fortunate folks. One of the guys who deserves some recognition this week is quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys.

After a game in Cleveland that resulted in 13 stitches in his chin, and then a long flight back to Dallas, Romo found the time, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, to stop and help Bill and Sharon White, who were struggling with a flat tire after returning from a trip out of town.

“He gets almost knocked cold in that game, and I read it took 13 stitches to close the cut, and then there’s a long flight home and Tony’s got to be dog tired, but he still was a good enough person to stop and help us,” Bill White said.

“Look, we’re driving a 10-year old car that is sitting in a parking lot with a flat tire in the dead of night. He could tell by that we’re nothing special. But here’s a young man making millions of dollars, and he’s got all this fame and glory, and he does this? . . . This was a good person we met. A good person with small-town values despite all the big-city fame and fortune.

“[I]f I ever had the opportunity, I’d also like to thank two other people. His mom and dad. They obviously raised him right.”

Sure, this wasn't an earth-shattering display of human kindness, but it did demonstrate some very solid values on Romo's part. It would have been very easy for him to bypass the situation after a hard day on the field and a long trip home. Instead, he took the time to help someone in need. And he didn't bring along a news crew to make sure his good deed was caught on tape for all the world to see. In fact, he didn't even offer his identity until he was recognized.

In this me-first world, there are a lot of people -- not just prima donna athletes -- who could learn something from Romo's actions.

Photo: Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images


September 13, 2008 at 9:35 pm
(1) Ryan says:

Tony Romo is a great member of Sigma Pi Fraternity Int. where chivalry is one of our most highly regarded ideals. Sigma Pi makes boys become men of character. I am proud to call Tony my brother!

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