Tony Romo‘s last two significant girlfriends were big-time pop stars — Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson, hello — but the Dallas Cowboys QB is set to marry someone with a slightly lower profile, Candice Crawford. The couple will wed today (Saturday, May 28) in a Dallas ceremony that Crawford described as “private and personal” despite the rumored 500+ person guest list.
So who is Candice, anyway? The 24-year-old little sister of “Gossip Girl” star Chace Crawford was raised in Dallas. In high school, she competed in two Miss Texas Teen USA pageants, both of which earned her the third runner-up spot.
She went on to attend the University of Missouri, studying journalism and working in the newsroom at local affiliates. During college she also worked at the Dallas CBS affiliate on “The Blitz,” reporting on — what else? The Dallas Cowboys. She still found time to compete in the Miss Missouri USA 2007 and 2008 pageants. She won in 2008, going on to represent Missouri in that year’s Miss USA.
She continued her career as a reporter, particularly in the areas of high school sports and Dallas nightlife. She co-hosted Dallas’s CW affiliate’s “The RC Project,” in which she and Roni Proter reported on trends and lifestyle in Dallas.
All in all, Crawford is a good Texas girl — if you don’t count a 2007 arrest for underage possession of alcohol. Oops? She met Romo in 2009 and the pair became engaged in December 2010, on her 24th birthday.