Bill Romanowski is one of those guys you either love or you hate. There isn’t much in between.
In Denver, Romanowski will always be revered for the intensity and passion he brought to the game as a middle linebacker on the great 1998 Denver Broncos Super Bowl winning team.
In his six-year tenure with Denver, Romanowski, more affectionately known as ‘Romo’, started every single regular season game. This consistency allowed him to rack up 433 tackles and 23 sacks.
Additionally, he was selected to his only two Pro-Bowls in his first and third seasons with Denver.
He also racked up quite a few fines for on-field incidents. Essentially, Romanowski is the original version of current Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
After six seasons in Denver, Romo joined the Oakland Raiders for the remaining two seasons of his 16-year career.
Off the field, Romanowski has endured a similar up and down arc his playing career had.
Successes muddied by stupidity. Romo is and always will be controversial, to say the least.
He authored a New York Times best-selling book in 2005 titled Romo My life on the Edge: Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons. Meanwhile, he was also involved in the BALCO scandal and eventually admitted to using steroids during his playing career.
Quietly, Romo founded Nutrition53, a nutrition and health company, and also starred in The Longest Yard reboot with Adam Sandler as a steroid-using, abusive prison guard (which fits him quite nicely considering his history).