Brett Christopher Romberg (born October 10, 1979) is a former American football center who last played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, earned consensus All-American honors, and was recognized as the outstanding college center by receiving the Dave Rimmington Award. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2003, and has also played for the St. Louis Rams.
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|Born:||October 10, 1979|
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||293 lb (133 kg)|
|High school:||Belle River (ON)|
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Romberg was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He started his football career in the ninth grade playing for the Belle River District High School football team.
Romberg attended the University of Miami, where he played for the Miami Hurricanes football team from 1999 to 2002. As senior in 2002, he was distinguished as the best center in the nation when he was awarded the Dave Rimington Trophy and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at center.
With Romberg at center, the Hurricanes won 35 of 37 games, one BCS National Championship (2001), three Big East Conference championships (2000, 2001, 2002), a Sugar Bowl (2001) and a Rose Bowl (2002).
Romberg never allowed a quarterback sack at center except against the Ohio State University in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and was part of an offensive line that helped produce three 1,000-yard rushers (James Jackson, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee), a quarterback (Ken Dorsey) who set every major Hurricanes career passing record and an offense that averaged more than 465 yards per game for the balance of his three years as the starting center.
After a stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Romberg became the starting center for the St. Louis Rams for a brief time in 2006 and 2007, replacing an injured Andy McCollum, but he was replaced in 2009 by Jason Brown. In 2009, Romberg was a reserve offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons. He was released by the Falcons on September 4, 2010.
Due to an injury to starting center Todd McClure, the Falcons re-signed Romberg on August 30, 2011. However, he was released during final cuts on September 3 to avoid a guaranteed contract, but was re-signed on September 12 where he remained on the active roster for the remainder of the 2011 season. Romberg finally retired from the National Football League in 2012.
Romberg was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in March 2013 for his football accomplishments. He currently hosts a morning sports show in South Florida (Zaslow/Romberg/Amber show), where he is well known for his impressions of Goran Dragic, and his segments Romdog's Grill and Shout Outs.
- 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.