Romo was announced Tuesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame as one of 177 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and divisional ranks to be up for election in 2021.
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.4 million people have played college football and only 1,027 players have been inducted," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today's elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game."
Romo was a First Team All-American and Walter Payton FCS Player of the year in 2002 with Eastern Illinois. He also earned three OVC Offensive Player of the Year awards and led EIU to titles in 2001 and 2002.
He finished his career as the program's leader in passing yards (8,212) and touchdowns (85).
Also joining Romo on the ballot include former Cowboys offensive lineman Flozell Adams (Michigan State) and safety Roy Williams (Oklahoma).
The announcement of the class will take place early in 2021.