Biggs: Romo travels on bye, not to Mexico

This time, Tony Romo didn’t spend his bye weekend on a romantic getaway in Mexico with Jessica Simpson.

Of course, that well-publicized adventure happened during a bye at the start of the postseason. On the bye this weekend for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback he returned to Charleston, Ill., where he attended Eastern Illinois University, to have have his jersey No. 17 retired.

Romo is the first player in school history to have his number retired. The Panthers went to the playoffs three straight years with him from 2000 to 2002 and he won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in Division I-AA as a senior.

“You don't expect it,’’ Romo said. “It's almost embarrassing that everybody wants to look at you and tell you that you did something good.”

The Cowboys are 3-2 and will host Atlanta next week. Owner Jerry Jones has come out and backed coach Wade Phillips the last two weeks on his radio show.

“I expect our team to continue to grow,” Romo said. “We're improving as the year's moving along. For us, it's all about improvement and stacking some wins together. If we're playing good football at the end of the year, we've got a chance to be where we want to be.”

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