Tony Romo is one of the most marketable players in the NFL. But he doesn’t have a shoe and apparel deal with Adidas, Reebok or Nike .
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback signed one of the league’s most lucrative deals to represent Starter, which hasn’t had any official designation with the NFL since the Starter Corporation filed for bankruptcy 10 years ago.
Since then, the brand -- which was founded in 1971 -- has been tossed around. It was purchased by Nike for a reported $43 million in August 2004. Three years later, Nike sold it to Iconix, a company whose brands include Joe Boxer, Danskin and Candie’s, for $60 million.
Iconix, whose shares are up 58 percent year-to-date, relaunched the brand in January and is now hoping Romo can help bring the brand back to its heyday, a time Romo fondly remembers.
“I remember when we were growing up Starter was real big,” Romo told us. “We’d love those pullover jackets. Now that they’re starting to get back into the game, I’m glad I’m a part of what they want to do. It’s exciting to me that it’s not the traditional deal that everyone else has.”