Former Eastern Illinois quarterback Tony Romo is part of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class that will be fully announced Monday.
Romo was calling Sunday’s NFC wild-card game between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears when CBS broadcast partner Jim Nantz congratulated him on the honor.
“It’s an honor. I was shocked,” Romo said, adding that a commemorative football from the College Football Hall of Fame arrived at his house Saturday. “My kids grabbed it and started playing with it. I was like, ‘Hold on. Give me that back. I think that one might be important.'”
The 2021 class, consisting of 11 players and two coaches, will be announced Monday during the 12 p.m. ET edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Romo won the 2002 Walter Payton Award, given to the most outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
He saw limited action as a redshirt freshman in 1999 before becoming the starting quarterback and leading the Panthers to three consecutive Football Championship Series playoff appearances. He was a three-time first-team All-American and is the only player in Ohio Valley Conference history to be the league’s player of the year three times.
He passed for 8,212 yards and 85 touchdowns at Eastern Illinois. After not being drafted, he spent 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, passing for 34,183 yards and earning Pro Bowl honors four times.