Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who came one step from qualifying for the U.S. Open and also finished second in the Cox Celebrity Classic, was named the winner of the 2010 Brodie Award, which recognizes an individual's accomplishments in both a chosen profession and in the sport of golf.
The award is given annually at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, where Romo is competing through Sunday. It's named after former NFL MVP John Brodie, who played for the 49ers and also competed on the Senior PGA Tour.
Romo is paired with Oscar de la Hoya during Thursday's celebrity-amateur event. Other DFW celebrities competing in Lake Tahoe include Jason Kidd, Brett Hull, Hank Haney, Troy Aikman and Mike Modano. The first round begins Friday -- Romo is paired with Michael Jordan and Boston Celtics star Ray Allen -- and ends Sunday.
Romo's success on the links has been well documented. He won a pre-qualifier for the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship but didn't play the final qualifier because his tee time conflicted with a Cowboys OTA. Golf Digest's No. 1 ranked "athlete golfer", Romo also finished second in the NTPGA Pro-Scratch Championships with partner Mark Walker -- after winning the event in 2009.
Romo was the runner-up in Tahoe last year after finishing third in 2009. All of his winnings have been donated to charity as he maintains his amateur status.