Tony Romo's fall-back plan was to be an assistant golf professional

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Tony Romo never did go back to Wisconsin and work at a golf course, but he has always made golf a big part of his life.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 4:29 p.m.
 
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is well known as a golf fanatic – he loves the game, and was among the best golfers in all of pro sports at one point a few years ago. Recently, however, he explained that he very nearly pursued a career in the golf business.
 
Before he became the Tony Romo that most football fans know today, he was an undrafted free agent hanging to his NFL dream by his fingernails. Heading into his second season with the Cowboys, Romo came to training camp as the No. 4 quarterback on the depth chart behind then-starter Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Henson.
 
"I'm not a rocket scientist, but one, two, three and I'm four," Romo said in a Feb. 18 podcast with The Village Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Romo struggled in his first few days of that training camp, he said, and got so anxious about his situation that he sat in bed one day and prayed for some clarity.
 
"I was like, 'If I'm not meant to be the quarterback here or play quarterback in the NFL, that's fine," he said. "Then I'm going to go back and be a really good assistant golf club professional back in Burlington, Wisconsin.'"
 
 
After he realized that he'd be fine with whatever happened with the Cowboys, Romo said, he performed much better in camp. Not long afterward, Carter got cut, Romo made the squad – and Burlington, Wisconsin, had to find another assistant golf professional.
 
Romo, of course, has remained very active in golf through the years, though he hasn't played much lately because of the injuries that have slowed his football career as well. 
 
And as we discovered last summer, his wife Candice is giving him a pretty good for the title of best golfer in the family. You can check out her swing, and hear what Peter Kostis thinks of it, here.