Burlington Residents Must Choose Between Cheering On Pack, Or Hometown Hero Romo

Cowboys Quarterback Grew Up In Southeastern Wisconsin Community

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo firing off a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in 2012. Photo: Football Schedule (CC-BY-NC-SA).

Loyalties could be split in Tony Romo’s hometown of Burlington when he leads the Dallas Cowboys into Lambeau Field for Sunday’s playoff game against the Packers.

The 1998 Burlington High School graduate, who joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003, has played against the Packers four times since 2007, posting a 2-2 record.

In Burlington, long-time Romo fan and family friend Fred Mabson owns the popular downtown burger joint “Fred’s Burgers” at 596 Pine Street. He summed up Burlington football fans’ feelings about Sunday’s playoff game.

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“It’s kind of a win-win for Burlington,” he said. “We’re obviously rooting for Tony because he’s the hometown guy and I know him and his family well. We’re certainly rooting for Tony. On the other hand, all of us in Wisconsin are die-hard Packer fans. No matter who wins, in Wisconsin, we win. At least in Burlington, we do.”

The winner of Sunday’s playoff game will take on the winner of the Seattle-Carolina game for the NFC title.