Tony Romo

by ethnic on March 6, 2010

Birth Name: Antonio Ramiro Romo

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 21, 1980

*Mexican [Spanish, possibly other] (father)
*Polish, German (mother)

Tony Romo is an American football player. He is an NFL quarterback.

Tony’s father is a second-generation Mexican-American. Tony’s mother has German and Polish heritage. Tony’s paternal grandparents can be seen here.

Tony is married to Candice Crawford, a journalist and Miss Missouri USA 2008, with whom he has two children. Candice is the sister of actor and model Chace Crawford.

Tony’s paternal grandfather is named Ramiro Riojas y Romo, Sr. Ramiro was born in Múzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico.

Tony’s paternal grandmother is Felicita Rios y Castsellano (the daughter of Santiago Rios and Pauline Castellano). Felicita was born in Texas, to Texas-born parents of Mexican descent.

1st Photo by kathclick/

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andrew February 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Tony’s paternal grandparents:

Tony’s maternal grandmother has definitely non European ancestry (watch the wedding portrait at 0:32). I am not sure about his grandfather. You can see this influence in Tony’s eyes.

andrew February 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I meant paternal grandmother

Jello February 2, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Very surprising.

Rip November 16, 2014 at 5:24 am

I see people suggesting that his father must be 100% White just because he looks White. But I’m assuming you people must not be very familiar with mixed race individuals, because it’s common for the children of White/Mestizo couples to have children that can pass for fully White. Even some Mestizos can pass as White.

Check7t November 16, 2014 at 6:05 am

Most mestizos (the overwhelming majority) do not look white.

Even most castizos don’t look quite European and still show Amerindian influence.

Rip November 20, 2014 at 2:38 am

Mestizos can vary widely in appearance from very fair to dark tan, so it depends on the individual. And you can sometimes find that variety even within members of an immediate family. For instance, I come form a Mestizo background and I have a sister with fair complexion and auburn hair and a brother with a darker complexion, while I have a medium complexion. My brother happens to be married to a White blonde woman and their children are as blonde and fair as she. So like I said, it’s not at all uncommon for Mestizo/White couples to produce fully White passing children. Btw, Castizo is considered an archaic term for the most part, Mestizo is most commonly used today to refer to anyone with a considerable amount of European and Indigenous admixture.

WTF August 17, 2014 at 4:57 am

he’s white. his dad was probably a white mexican.

humanid January 12, 2014 at 7:15 am

he is just White; looks 100% Euro.

People are biased when they come to know his Mexican background.

veronica March 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

You would never know. Plus all he dates are white girls.

Dan December 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I hope people realize that “Mexican” is not an ethnicity. Most People in Mexico share some combination of Amerindian/Mestizo, Spanish (from Spain), and Asiatic. There’s a also an African element in SOME of the people. Also, there are many ethnic German people that immigrated to Mexico hundreds of years ago, and continue to live. A person that is, say, 75% Spanish (from Spain) and 25% Amerindian, will look VERY different from someone with the reverse percentages. Make no mistake though, Spanish, Amerindian/Mestizo, and Asian are the ETHNICITIES. Mexican is the NATIONALITY. Nobody is ethnically Mexican. With that said, Romo is Polish/German. His family emigrated to Mexico and lived there. So, he’s a white boy.

Dan December 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Correction….it’s stated that he’s half Mexican, but judging by his looks, it’s probably mostly Spanish (from Spain) in his “Mexican” side. So he’s probably almost completely European in genes. Spanish/German/Polish is my guess.

ellie December 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

mexican is indeed an ethniticy most mexican have their own ethnic backgroung (mayan, amerindians, aztecs, native somewhat european) and have nothing to with spanish just cuz it’s official language in mexico. in some regions native mexican indian speak their own dialect

Dan December 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm

???? Spanish (from Spain) DNA is in tons of people that are Mexican. I hope you realize that. Spain is in Europe. What is, “native somewhat European”? This is why Mexico is indeed a Nationality and not an ethnicity. You contradicted yourself. All of those things you listed are ethnicity’s. Granted, many of the people possess some or all of those ethnicity’s, but Mexico has only been “Mexico’ since 1821. When you think of the entire duration of human existence, this wasn’t very long ago. 1821 was the year they won independence from Spain. Generally, ethnicity’s are ancient. These are all places that can be traced back since the beginning of time, and they were indeed inhabited with ONE race of native people. Think Rome, Greece (other European countries), Africa, etc. Although there were Mayans, Aztecs, and other Native American on the land of what is now Mexico, they essentially formed to create a hybrid race of many ethnicity’s all mashed together. This is why it isn’t a TRUE ethnicity. Some Mexicans can be pure Native/Amerindian, some can be almost all Spanish, some can be a combination, some can be fully German, etc. It all depends on what a DNA test says. That’s why it isn’t an ethnicity, it’s a Nationality. Using your logic, then “American” would be an ethnicity, which we all know it isn’t.

Serpent September 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

His dad is probably a white Mexican. Could be a mestizo or castizo, though.

LOL..FALSE November 19, 2010 at 12:02 am

He is half Mexican, his father is Mexican American. He can look 100% Mexican.

Anonymous August 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm

not very cute

Brittney December 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

He’s actually VERY cute. He looks like a REAL man. Not one of these girly, estrogen-filled, modern day Nancy boys, that the gay men in the entertainment industry push as “hot.” Women that like men that look like girls should just come out of the closet already.

VeRoni March 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

yeah he looks very European his dad must be one of those Mexicans with more Spanish in them than NA blood in them

hottie March 8, 2010 at 2:03 am

mexican!? wow.

izzy August 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm

whats that supposed to mean… u trying to say that mexicans are uglly your ass is ugly go comment somewhere else bitch

travy October 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

yeahh Haterrr

ethnic March 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

He definitely looks more European than anything else.

VeRoni March 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

yeah i knew he had to be Mexican with that name Antonio Ramiro Romo & obviously half european

edgar July 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

spainish people have those names to and they ae not mexican

Richard December 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

75, 25 jack and racial profile he is actually Caucasian. (whimper accent) Be all prejudice is not the way to be smart, idiot.

marjanel October 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Antonio and Romo are also obviously European names.It is no Smith an European name because Americans have it?

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