Tony Romeo
Tony Romeo
Full Name:  Anthony Lamar Romeo
     Born:  March 7, 1938 in Saint Petersburg, Fl
     Died:  May 2, 1996
   School:  Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida


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Fred Pickard, TONY ROMEO, Coach Perry Moss    


FSU Career
Football
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1958  80  E       6-0  224  So   *   Tampa                       
1959  80  E       6-1  200  Jr   *   Tampa                       
1960  80  E       6-1  200  Sr   *   Tampa                       


Awards
Football
Year  Award
1958  Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention
      United Press International - All-American - Honorable Mention
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1988
Former defensive end Tony Romeo is best known for a sophomore season in 1958 that produced honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and United Press International. Romeo keyed a strong FSU defensive effort that led to an appearance in the Bluegrass Bowl. He was named Florida Defensive Linemen of the Week three times. Although he was often injured in his junior and senior seasons, Romeo played both ways for the Garnet and Gold, making the Florida All-State team as a senior.

After being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and traded to the Boston Patriots, Romeo played seven years for the Pats. He still holds the tight end record for catches in a game (10 for 149 yards) and was Florida's Pro Athlete of the Year in 1966.

Romeo was also known for beginning the first chapel services in professional football. Following his pro career, he spent time in the ministry before putting his FSU business degree to work.



FSU Statistics
Football
Season Statistics
Defense
         |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
Year  GP |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
1958     |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  2- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  3 |  18
1959     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1960     |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot    0 |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  2- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  4 |  24
Offense/Kick and Punt Returns
         |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
Year  GP |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
1958     |   0    0  0.0  0     |  14  274 19.6  3     |   0-  0 - 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  276
1959     |   0    0  0.0  0     |  10  129 12.9  0     |   0-  0 - 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  129
1960     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   8   95 11.9  1     |   0-  0 - 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   95
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot    0 |   0    0  0.0  0     |  32  498 15.6  4     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  500
Football
Game Participation
                            |      Starts
1958                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Sep 13 TENNESSEE TECH       |  1  RE   RE  
Sep 20 FURMAN               |  1  RE   RE  
Sep 26 GEORGIA TECH         |  1  RE   RE  
Oct  4 WAKE FOREST          |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 11 GEORGIA              |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 18 VIRGINIA TECH        |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 25 TENNESSEE            |  1  RE   RE  
Nov  1 TAMPA                |  1  RE   RE  
Nov  7 MIAMI                |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 22 FLORIDA              |  1  RE   RE  
Dec 13 OKLAHOMA STATE       |  1  RE   RE  
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         | 11  11   11

                            |      Starts
1959                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Sep 19 WAKE FOREST          |  1  RE   RE  
Oct  3 MIAMI                |  1           
Oct 10 VIRGINIA TECH        |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 17 MEMPHIS STATE        |  1           
Oct 24 RICHMOND             |  1           
Oct 31 GEORGIA              |  1           
Nov 14 WILLIAM & MARY       |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 21 FLORIDA              |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 28 TAMPA                |  1  RE   RE  
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         |  9   5    5

                            |      Starts
1960                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Sep 17 RICHMOND             |  1           
Sep 24 FLORIDA              |  1           
Oct  1 WAKE FOREST          |  1  RE   RE  
Oct  8 CITADEL              |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 15 MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 22 WILLIAM & MARY       |  1  RE   RE  
Oct 29 KENTUCKY             |  1  RE   RE  
Nov  4 MIAMI                |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 12 HOUSTON              |  1  RE   RE  
Nov 19 AUBURN               |  1  RE   RE  
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         | 10   8    8

----------------------------|--------------
Career Tot                  | 30  24   24
Football
Game Statistics
                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1958                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Sep 13 TENNESSEE TECH       |   3   4   7  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
Sep 20 FURMAN               |   1   1   2  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Sep 26 GEORGIA TECH         |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 11 GEORGIA              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
Oct 18 VIRGINIA TECH        |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  1-  0- 0 |   1-  2- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
Oct 25 TENNESSEE            |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov  7 MIAMI                |   7   2   9  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  1  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov 22 FLORIDA              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Dec 13 *OKLAHOMA STATE      |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |  11   7  18  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  1  1-  0- 0 |   1-  2- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  3 |  18

                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1959                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Sep 19 WAKE FOREST          |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct  3 MIAMI                |   1   0   1  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 10 VIRGINIA TECH        |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 17 MEMPHIS STATE        |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov 14 WILLIAM & MARY       |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov 21 FLORIDA              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov 28 TAMPA                |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |   1   0   1  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  0 |   0

                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1960                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Sep 17 RICHMOND             |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  1 |   6
Sep 24 FLORIDA              |   2   0   2  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct  8 CITADEL              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 15 MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN |   9   0   9  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  1  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 22 WILLIAM & MARY       |   4   1   5  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 29 KENTUCKY             |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov  4 MIAMI                |   3   3   6  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov 12 HOUSTON              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  2-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Nov 19 AUBURN               |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |  18   4  22  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  1  2-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  1 |   6

* Bowl Game stats not included
                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1958                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Sep 13 TENNESSEE TECH       |   0    0  0.0  0     |   2   24 12.0  1 15t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   24
Sep 20 FURMAN               |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   27 27.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |   27
Sep 26 GEORGIA TECH         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   10 10.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   10
Oct 11 GEORGIA              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   5  103 20.6  1 42t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  103
Oct 18 VIRGINIA TECH        |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   24 24.0  1 24t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   26
Oct 25 TENNESSEE            |   0    0  0.0  0     |   3   55 18.3  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   55
Nov  7 MIAMI                |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Nov 22 FLORIDA              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   31 31.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   31
Dec 13 *OKLAHOMA STATE      |   0    0  0.0  0     |   3   62 20.7  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   62
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |  14  274 19.6  3 42t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  276

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1959                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Sep 19 WAKE FOREST          |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1    5  5.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    5
Oct  3 MIAMI                |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   13 13.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |   13
Oct 10 VIRGINIA TECH        |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   30 30.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   30
Oct 17 MEMPHIS STATE        |   0    0  0.0  0     |   2   14  7.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   14
Nov 14 WILLIAM & MARY       |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   21 21.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   21
Nov 21 FLORIDA              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1    9  9.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    9
Nov 28 TAMPA                |   0    0  0.0  0     |   3   37 12.3  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   37
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |  10  129 12.9  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |  129

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1960                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Sep 17 RICHMOND             |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   36 36.0  1 36t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   36
Sep 24 FLORIDA              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Oct  8 CITADEL              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   2   15  7.5  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   15
Oct 15 MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Oct 22 WILLIAM & MARY       |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   12 12.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |   12
Oct 29 KENTUCKY             |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1    7  7.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    7
Nov  4 MIAMI                |   0    0  0.0  0     |   2   15  7.5  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |   15
Nov 12 HOUSTON              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0         |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Nov 19 AUBURN               |   0    0  0.0  0     |   1   10 10.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   10
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   8   95 11.9  1 36t |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |   95

* Bowl Game stats not included


Pro Career
Football
Height: 6-2   Weight: 230
Drafted: 1961, 19th Round Washington Redskins, E     
Debut: September 17, 1961

Year  Abbr   Team                                No      Pos
1961  Dal    Dallas Texans                       80      TE
1962  Bos    Boston Patriots                     86      TE
1963  Bos    Boston Patriots                     86      TE
1964  Bos    Boston Patriots                     86      TE
1965  Bos    Boston Patriots                     86      TE
1966  Bos    Boston Patriots                     86      TE
1967  Bos    Boston Patriots                     86      TE


Pro Statistics
Football
Offensive Statistics
Year Team  GP  GS    Rec  Yds  Avg Long  TD   Fum FL
----------------------------------------------------
1961 Dal   14   0      7   89 12.7  20    0     0   
1962 Bos   14   0     34  608 17.9  62    1     1   
1963 Bos   14   0     32  418 13.1  31    3     0   
1964 Bos   14   0     26  445 17.1  38    4     0   
1965 Bos   14   0     15  203 13.5  36    2     0   
1966 Bos   14   0      2   46 23.0  29    0     0   
1967 Bos    5   0      1    4  4.0   4    0     0   
----------------------------------------------------
7 Years    89   0    117 1813 15.5  62   10     1  0
Special Teams Statistics
Year Team  GP    KR  Yds  Avg Long TD
-------------------------------------
1961 Dal   14     0    0  0.0   0   0
1962 Bos   14     0    0  0.0   0   0
1963 Bos   14     0    0  0.0   0   0
1964 Bos   14     1    5  5.0   5   0
1965 Bos   14     0    0  0.0   0   0
1966 Bos   14     0    0  0.0   0   0
1967 Bos    5     0    0  0.0   0   0
-------------------------------------
7 Years    89     1    5  5.0   5   0