Tony Romeo was born on March 7, 1938 in St Petersburg, FL, and attended Hillsborough High School in Tampa Florida. After high school he played football for Florida State University, where he earned honorable mention All-American honors. He went on and attained his masters degree at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He was selected in the 19th round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but played with the Dallas Texans in the American Football League instead. In 1962 he went on to play tight end with the Boston Patriots and played with them thru 1967. In his six year career with the Patriots, he caught 110 passes for 1724 yards and 10 touchdowns.

During the off-season, he traveled speaking to church audiences for the Southern Baptist evangelical movement and was the first to initiate church services for the players in pro football. Following his football career he spent time in the ministry before putting his business degree to work.

Tony was inducted into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Hillsborough High School Hall of Fame in 2001.

Tony Romeo was 58 years old when he passed away because of melanoma on May 2, 1996 in Matthews, North Carolina.