Jessica Simpson's quarterback beau bails out a Texas couple sidelined with a flat tire

By Darla Atlas
September 11, 2008 06:05 PM
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Forget about Triple-A. Got a flat? Call Tony Romo!

Known for his heroics on the football field, the Dallas Cowboy star played hero to Bill and Sharon White on September 7, when the two found themselves stranded with a flat tire.

The Irving, Texas, couple were trying in vain to mend the tire when Romo – fresh off a flight from Cleveland where he and his team had beaten the Browns earlier in the day – pulled up.

“All of a sudden I hear a voice say, ‘Do you need help?'” Sharon, 53, tells PEOPLE.

Without realizing it was Jessica Simpson‘s beau who had come to their aid, the couple and the football star went at the flat tire together. After fiddling with the air compressor switch on the car jack, the tire inflated.

“At that point, I looked at him and thought, ‘Dang, he looks familiar,'” Sharon says. “I go, ‘You know what? You look like Tony Romo.’ He looked down and just gave me that boyish smile he’s got. Then he said, ‘That’s because I am.'”

“I just screamed as loud as I could,” Sharon says. “Then I grabbed him and hugged him.”

Her husband Bill, 61, who had missed the Dallas-Cleveland game while on the road, asked Romo what had happened to his bandaged chin. When Romo started explaining, “I stopped him and said, ‘Don’t tell me! I don’t want to know!” says Bill, who had recorded the game at home.

With the situation under control, Romo left the scene. But the starstruck Whites realized they’d forgotten to say thank you.

Now, if she had the chance, “I’d thank [Tony] so much for stopping,” Sharon says. “I love him to death, he’s a great guy. And I hope I didn’t bust his eardrum!”