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If there's one thing we know about Tony Romo(notes), it's that the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback isn't about to let a little thing like a trip to the injured-reserve list stop his quest for interesting activities -- in fact, having his season end early just gave him more time to up and get himself engaged.

And to whom will the delightful Mr. Romo be betrothed? We now know a bit more about Candice Crawford, the 24-year-old former Miss Missouri (here's a slideshow). She currently works at Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDAF (soon after the engagement was announced, the station ran a shot of the engagement ring, which reportedly cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $80,000), and Romo popped the question when he was helping Ms. Crawford and her family celebrate her birthday at an upscale restaurant (Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty).

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The 30-year-old Romo started dating Crawford (who, if you're interested, is the sister of Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford) in September of 2009, soon after he dumped Jessica Simpson. And there's a bit of cross-history with the Crawfords -- according to People Magazine, country singer Carrie Underwood, who also dated Romo and bears more than a passing resemblance to Ms. Crawford, dated the Gossip Girl star after the Underwood-Romo pairing went south. Ms. Crawford also has a friendship with Kim Kardashian (seen below, talking with Ms. Crawford at the Cowboys' 2010 training camp), who has been known to date the occasional NFL star.

[Photos: Jessica Simpson and more celebs who date athletes]

It's all very convoluted (perhaps a Pete Frame-style family tree could help), but we wish the soon-to-be newlyweds all the best.

[Rewind: Jessica Simpson shares engagement news]

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