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Report: Carrie Underwood boyfriend Tony Romo wants a NFL timeout


By Christopher Rocchio, 05/31/2007 

As the starting quarterback of "America's Team" -- the NFL's Dallas Cowboys -- Tony Romo apparently already has enough to worry about and reportedly doesn't need Carrie Underwood offering him any further distractions.

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The on again, off again, on again romantic relationship between the American Idol fourth-season champ and Romo -- who reportedly wants to "bench" the pair's relationship during the football season -- will be off again once the NFL season begins in September, reported the National Enquirer, according to MSNBC.

"Carrie thought that they were moving closer to a more committed relationship," a "source" told the Enquirer, according to MSNBC.

The saga began when the two-time Grammy winner and heir-apparent to recently retired Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe began dating in late December, when Romo officially confirmed they were together after they were seen hugging and laughing on the field at Texas Stadium on Christmas Day before the Cowboys' game against the Philadelphia Eagles.    However the couple apparently split soon after, as Romo told reporters during a pre-Super Bowl press conference, "She's a very nice, sweet girl, I care for her and whoever ends up with her will be a very lucky guy."

Around the same time, Underwood and British singer Oliver Trevena were reportedly dating after being spotted hugging and kissing after driving to the Los Angeles airport, where Underwood caught a flight. Then in late April, Underwood helped Romo celebrate his 27th birthday in Dallas, and the two reportedly looked "cozy" together as they sang some duets at the bash and frequently snuck-off to a private VIP section.

While it looked like Romo was back in Underwood's game plan to find Mr. Right --  he was her date at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in mid-May -- now it appears she is no longer in his.  And apparently, riding the pine for the entire five-month NFL season while Romo plays ball isn't sitting too well with Underwood, who reportedly already previously acquiesced to an earlier Romo request for a timeout to concentrate on his career.

"Carrie wants a firm commitment from Tony," the source told the Enquirer, according to MSNBC.


(Photo credit Fox)


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