Tony Romo's path to the NFL wasn't easy. He wasn't a highly regarded high school prospect. He wasn't a player scouts were drooling over coming out of Eastern Illinois.
After going undrafted in 2003 and joining the Dallas Cowboys, he found himself fourth on the depth chart behind Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Henson. Not exactly where a quarterback wants to be, to say the least.
Romo found himself needing to make an impression and put on a perfect performance in training camp. That caused him to struggle and become anxious.
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"When I get in camp the first few days, I'm tight and every throw I feel like I have to make perfectly," Romo said. "I just can't do anything wrong. I have to read it perfect and I have to know what's going on and I have to do it faster. I was just struggling for about three days. I remember sitting in my hotel room right there and I was so pent up with anxiety and everything was just coming to a head and it was like, 'I can't take it.' It was just so much. My whole life felt like it was on this moment."
Of course, Romo turned out just fine and has made four Pro Bowls in his career, but he had thoughts of going down a different road if the whole quarterback thing didn't work out.
Being an outstanding golfer, Romo said he would have gone back to his home state of Wisconsin to become a "really good" assistant golf professional.
"That's when I sat in bed and I just prayed to the Lord, and this was a very defining moment for me," he said. "I was like, 'If I'm not meant to be the quarterback here or play quarterback in the NFL, that's fine. Then I'm going to go back and be a really good assistant golf club professional back in Burlington, Wisconsin.'"
As crazy as it sounds, Romo is almost as good of a golfer as he is a quarterback. Although he's stayed away from the course more than usual in recent years, he still boasts a plus-3.3 handicap -- not far off from that of PGA Tour players.
He's hit the links with Jordan Spieth, though he supposedly doesn't come out on top fairly often. It's not for a lack of effort or confidence, though. He only gives Spieth two or three strokes per side. Still, Spieth has taken boatloads of money from the Cowboys quarterback.
"Oh, man. I don't know. I can't even count that high," Spieth told Jim Rome last year. "He's a good friend and a great competitor, so we have fun out there."