Before calling Packers game, Tony Romo will stop by Burlington High School for dedication of field that bears his name

CBS football analyst Tony Romo walks across the field during warmups in Arlington, Texas, in 2017.
CBS football analyst Tony Romo walks across the field during warmups in Arlington, Texas, in 2017.

Tony Romo will be back in Wisconsin this weekend calling the Patriots-Packers game for CBS on Sunday afternoon. But first, he's visiting his old stomping grounds.

The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback and celebrated analyst will be on hand at his alma mater of Burlington High School, attending the dedication of the school's new synthetic football surface. The field itself at Dalton Stadium has been called Tony Romo Field since 2020. Beloit Memorial will square off with Burlington on its homecoming.

"Tony has had a unique way of making a positive impact for Burlington and beyond," Burlington High School athletics director Eric Plitzuweit said in a news release. "Whether it was through his on-field performance, his professional achievements beyond the field, or his ability to give back to the youth in our community, we are honored to have Tony Romo call Burlington his hometown. Tony Romo Field is a positive step forward for the Burlington community, Burlington High School, and the Burlington Area School District.”

Romo, who played football, basketball and golf at Burlington, graduated in 1998 and played football at Eastern Illinois. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent and worked his way up to starter, making his first Pro Bowl in 2006 and finishing as high as third in the Associated Press MVP voting in 2014.

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The Burlington School District received funding for a new football surface and track through a capital referendum and private donations. The team had to open the season with five road games before finally debuting the surface last week in a loss to Lake Geneva Badger.

Burlington's Tony Romo looks to pass during a game against Case High School in Racine, Wis., on Sept. 26, 1997.
Burlington's Tony Romo looks to pass during a game against Case High School in Racine, Wis., on Sept. 26, 1997.

Upon his retirement after the 2016 season, Romo was immediately appointed the top CBS football analyst and became an overnight sensation in the role. In 2020, he re-signed with CBS in a deal valued around $17 million per year, making him one of the highest-paid on-air talents in sports media.

He's already been on the call for two Super Bowls: Super Bowl LIII in February 2019 (when the Eagles stunned the Patriots) and Super Bowl LV in February 2021 (when the Buccaneers beat the Chiefs).

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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