Romo's rise to stardom amazing

Updated: December 12, 2007, 4:41 PM ET
By Ken Moll
Even since Troy Aikman retired, many players have tried to fill his shoes as the leader of America's Team. It's been a frustrating experience with many dismal decisions by coaches and personnel experts to take over one of the highest profile positions in all of sports, the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. But highly-regarded owner Jerry Jones finally got his man in a fifth-year free agent from I-AA Eastern Illinois University -- Tony Romo.

It's hard to fathom the enormity of what this small town athlete with the slightly big ears and average stature has done. I have walked the streets of Charelston, Ill., (where Eastern Illinois is located) as my son attended college as a football player for two seasons and there is nothing overwhelming about it. The small stadium was often just half full -- and that's if the weather was nice. For Romo to come out of nowhere to lead this pressure packed Cowboys team to a 12-1 record with seemingly no hitch in his stride is nothing short of amazing. With all the evaluating, testing and probing done by personnel people from when a player enters his junior season, this quarterback prospect was somehow overlooked.