Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, was rumored to be dating Carrie Underwood at one time. Romo was her arm candy at the Country Music Awards and they flew to each other’s birthday bash. Since the football season started up, Romo and Underwood have been apart and in a recent interview, Underwood reveals that Romo was not able to pay attention to both her and football at the same time.
At one point it seemed like that’s where it was headed,” [Underwood] says, ”but point blank, he is about football. I don’t know if it’s that I’m not quite his type or whatever, but I don’t think he’s at the point in his life where he would be willing to sacrifice football. He hated so much that people thought that he was paying more attention to me and that was causing him to not do well.”
I remember last season when the Cowboys played the Eagles and Underwood and Romo were caught by the cameras exchanging a pregame hug. Romo played abysmally and the sports guys were merciless the next day suggesting that if he spent less time playing with Carrie and more time playing with the football that perhaps the Cowboys chances for a better seed in the playoffs wouldn’t be in jeopardy.
How is this related to romance books? This whole thing reminded me of Deidre Martin’s book, Body Check, where the star hockey player, Ty Gallagher, broke up with his lover right before the playoffs because he was afraid he couldn’t give his all to his team. Of course, when the season was over and the team had won the Stanley Cup (naturally), he was ready for a relationship again. So maybe, Carrie, after Romo has won multiple Super Bowls, he’ll come to you and make this speech (just revise it slightly to fit the football aspect):
"In the past, I've never been able to maintain a relationship and make a run for the Cup. The personal stuff always interfered with the concentration I needed to win, or vice versa. I know there are guys who can balance both–" Kevin, for example–"but I've never been one of them. So I had to choose. I could either continue dedicating my life to hockey, or I could finish out my career on a high note and pursue a life with the woman of my dreams.”