Dario Romero to be Inducted into Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame


Last updated 6/20/2019 at 10:53am

Dario Romero had a game for the ages for the Eastern Washington University football team back in 1997, but that was only the beginning for what would become an All-America collegiate campaign and 11-year professional career for the product of Spokane, Wash.

Romero, who played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League and four in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins, will be among the 19th class of inductees into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 28, 2019, in conjunction with EWU’s football game versus North Dakota at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

Romero was a 1996 graduate of Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane where he earned All-Greater Spokane League honors. He then played as a freshman on EWU’s 1997 team which advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. Before his playing career was through he would have 369 total tackles and 47 1/2 sacks in 15 total years of collegiate and pro football.

Romer finished his EWU career with 172 tackles, including 22 sacks to rank fifth in school history at the time (now ninth through 2018). He had 4 1/2 sacks in a 39-32 victory over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 15, 1997, to help wrap-up the Big Sky Conference title for the Eagles. His performance ranked third at the time and is still third in school history (through 2018).

Romero was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection as a sophomore, then earned NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) All-America honors as both a junior and senior. Before beginning an 11-year professional career in the NFL and CFL, Romero earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern in physical education in 2000.

He began his professional career in 2001 for the Edmonton Eskimos, then spent four seasons from 2002-2005 on the roster of the Miami Dolphins and playing a total of 26 games (two as a starter) and registering 26 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and two passes broken up.

He returned to the CFL in 2006, and in 2008 and 2009 he was a West Division All-Star for the Edmonton Eskimos. He retired from professional football in 2012, and had 171 career regular season tackles in seven CFL seasons, including 22 sacks to go along with an interception and five fumble recoveries. Those are nearly identical to his stats while at EWU (172, 22).

He now resides in Spokane and teaches at Innovation High School, a part of the Pride Schools (charter school). He has also joined forces with several other former Eagles as a trainer at the Pro Vision Football Academy.


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