Aaron Ross

Aaron Jermaine Ross (born September 15, 1982) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants, twice over the New England Patriots. He played college football at Texas, where he won the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's top defensive back in 2006.

Ross has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens.

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Ross with the Giants in 2010
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Personal information
Born:September 15, 1982 (age 36)
Hartford, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:John Tyler (Tyler, Texas)
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:250
Pass deflections:41
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Ross attended John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, where he competed as quarterback, wide receiver and running back in his three-year career under coach Allen Wilson. He was named second-team Class 5A All-State after posting six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks and allowing just one touchdown reception as a senior in 2001. As a junior, he returned a fumble and a blocked punt for a score, adding 350 rushing yards (on 46 carries) and five touchdowns and caught five passes for 200 yards and two scores that year. His career-high of 362 all-purpose yards came against Katy High School in 2001. Ross also registered three interceptions while rushing for a touchdown against Fair Park High School that season. His best game was against Marshall High School, when he amassed 272 all-purpose yards, rushed for two touchdowns and had an interception. As a sophomore, Ross played at Fox Tech High School in San Antonio, Texas. There he rushed for 486 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 382 yards and three scores on offense. He also intercepted five passes and blocked ten kicks. During his time at both schools, he lettered four times as a sprinter in track & field and twice in basketball.

College career

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Ross during his tenure with the Texas Longhorns.

Ross enrolled at Texas in 2002, but was academically ineligible to play. He played in thirteen games behind Nathan Vasher at left cornerback in 2003, coming up with 27 tackles (23 solos), a stop for a loss and two pass break-ups. He shared right cornerback duties with Tarell Brown in 2004, appearing in twelve contests. He recorded 36 tackles (28 solos) with an interception and three pass break-ups. He also averaged 7.6 yards on 18 punt returns.

As a junior, Ross earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention. He started two games at cornerback and ranked tenth in the nation with a 14.7-yard average on 34 punt returns, returning two for touchdowns. He also had three interceptions with nine pass break-ups. He ranked seventh on the team with 62 tackles (35 solos), adding two stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Finally a full-time starter in 2006, Ross made the most of this opportunity. He earned All-American and All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors, in addition to being named the Thorpe Award winner (nation’s top defensive back). The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year ranked third on the squad with 80 tackles (59 solos). He added a sack, two stops for losses and 19 pass deflections. He caused three fumbles, recovered two and picked off six passes. He also scored once while averaging 10.4 yards on 23 punt returns.

In 51 games at Texas, Ross started 15 times. He registered 205 tackles (145 solos) with a one-yard sack, five stops for losses of 21 yards and a quarterback pressure. He caused three fumbles and recovered two others, returning one for a touchdown. Ross batted away 33 passes and intercepted ten others for 111 yards in returns (11.1 avg). He also returned 76 punts for 893 yards (11.8 avg) and three scores, adding 53 yards on a pair of kickoff returns (26.5 avg).

Ross was part of a Texas recruiting class which contained future NFL players Rodrique Wright, Justin Blalock, Brian Robison, Kasey Studdard, Lyle Sendlein, David Thomas, Selvin Young, and Vince Young.[1] This class, cited as one of the strongest college recruiting classes ever,[2] won the 2005 National Championship.

Ross was able to top off his career at Texas by winning the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top collegiate defensive back.

Professional career

New York Giants

Ross and Corey Webster at training camp in 2010.

Ross was drafted in the first round (20th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He was one of seven Longhorns selected by professional football teams in the 2007 NFL Draft. The others were Michael Griffin (number 19 overall), Justin Blalock (number 39 overall), Tim Crowder (number 56 overall), Brian Robison (number 102 overall), Tarell Brown (number 147 overall), Kasey Studdard (number 183 overall).[3] Lyle Sendlein and Selvin Young were not drafted but signed with NFL teams as free agents.[4]

He had first and second career interceptions in week five against the New York Jets, returning his second for his first career touchdown in the same game. As a rookie, Ross recorded 42 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 9 passes defended and 3 interceptions which he returned a total of 51 yards including a 43-yard touchdown. Later that year, Ross helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII by starting at corner, recording 12 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss and a pass defended in the Giants' four playoff games. The team beat the New England Patriots in that game.

In his second NFL season in 2008, Ross recorded 52 tackles (4 for loss), 8 passes defended and 3 interceptions (58 return yards including a 50-yard TD). The Giants went 12-4 that year, good for the best record in the NFC, but fell to the rivaled Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the 2008–09 NFL playoffs.

Ross missed the first 9 games of the 2009 season due to an injured hamstring. He returned in November to play 4 games before re-injuring the hamstring in mid-December. The Giants, despite being out of the playoff picture, ultimately placed Ross on the injured reserve list on December 31, 2009, just days before the final game of the season.

Just prior to the 2011 campaign, Ross's teammate Terrell Thomas was placed on injured reserve, which landed Ross the starting job for the season. The Giants would go on to win Super Bowl XLVI that season against the Patriots again.[5]

Ross has recorded 200 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 33 passes defended, and 10 interceptions in 65 NFL games (41 starts).[6]

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed cornerback Ross to a three-year, $15 million contract during the March free agency period in 2012. The transition to Jacksonville was difficult for Ross, who won two Super Bowls in New York, as the Jaguars finished 2-14, tied for the league's worst record.

His brief tenure in Jacksonville saw Ross battling through injuries and struggling in coverage. Ross drew the ire of Jaguars fans by describing his time in Jacksonville as "a nice paid vacation to Florida". He later apologized.[7]

Ross was released after the start of free agency on March 8, 2013 by newly hired general manager Dave Caldwell.

New York Giants (second stint)

Ross signed with the New York Giants on March 12, 2013, just four days after being released by the Jaguars.[8]

Ross was placed on the IR (injured reserve) after week 4 of the 2013 NFL season with a back injury, and his season was over.[9]

Baltimore Ravens

On June 20, 2014, Ross signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[10] On July 24, 2014, Ross tore his Achilles tendon, ending his season.[11]

Cleveland Browns

Ross signed with the Cleveland Browns on August 16, 2015. He was released by the Browns on August 31, 2015.[12]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2007 NYG 15 42 35 7 1.5 15 0 5 3 51 17 43 1 9
2008 NYG 15 52 46 6 5.5 5 0 4 10 58 19 50 1 8
2009 NYG 4 10 8 2 5.5 4 10 0 3 5 0 100 4 0
2010 NYG 15 36 25 11 1.0 4 2 2 6 0 90 0 4 4
2011 NYG 16 60 46 14 5.5 3 3 1 4 19 5 19 4 12
2012 JAX 14 46 37 9 5.5 3 1 9 3 3 3 3 3 3
2013 NYG 4 4 4 3 5.5 4 4 5 1 9 9 9 5 5
Career 83 250 201 49 2.5 0 0 0 11 137 12 50 2 41


Personal life

During his early days at Texas in 2003,[14] Ross began dating Longhorn track and field star, Sanya Richards, who is now a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist. The two were engaged in 2007 and married on February 26, 2010. Their wedding was featured on an episode of Platinum Weddings.[15] His life with Sanya is partially chronicled in the weekly reality series Sanya's Glam and Gold.[16][17]

See also


  1. ^ "Texas 2002 Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ Dienhart, Tom (2002). "Ruling class: master recruiter Mack Brown helps Texas consistently bring in top talent, but the Longhorns' 2002 group--led by highly lauded quarterback Vincent Young--might be one of the best recruiting classes ever". The Sporting News. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "NCAA Schools: TEXAS". ESPN. April 29, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2007.
  4. ^ "2007 NFL Draft". MackBrownTexasFootball. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2007.
  5. ^ "Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots - February 5th, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/your_giants_comments_cb_aaron.html
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000157693/article/aaron-ross-jacksonville-jaguars-stint-a-vacation
  8. ^ Aaron Ross heading back to Giants
  9. ^ "New York Giants Place Aaron Ross on IR, Activate Will Hill & Make Two Other Moves". Archived from the original on October 10, 2013.
  10. ^ Wilkening, Mike (June 20, 2014). "Ravens make Aaron Ross signing official, waive three". NBCSports.com. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Wilkening, Mike (July 24, 2014). "John Harbaugh: Aaron Ross suffers torn Achilles". NBCSports.com. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  12. ^ Gantt, Darin (August 31, 2015). "Browns begin the process of getting to 75 with some vet cuts". NBCSports.com. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Aaron Ross Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  14. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft07/news/story?id=2822133
  15. ^ Sanya Richards and Aaron Ross
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 31, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ http://www.wetv.com/full-episodes/sanya-s-glam-gold/2623955564001/glam-or-gold

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Huff
Thorpe Award Winner
Succeeded by
Antoine Cason
2006 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2006 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2006 Big 12 Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

Aaron Porter

Aaron Ross Porter (born 11 January 1985) is the former President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom; he was elected with a 65% majority and took office in June 2010 for one year.

Aaron Schobel

Aaron Ross Schobel (; born September 1, 1977) is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Schobel played college football for Texas Christian University (TCU). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (46th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he played his entire nine-season career for the Bills. Schobel is notable for recording more sacks of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady than any other NFL player.

Blake Ross

Blake Aaron Ross (born June 12, 1985) is an American software engineer who is best known for his work as the co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser with Dave Hyatt. In 2005, he was nominated for Wired magazine's top Rave Award, Renegade of the Year, opposite Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jon Stewart. He was also a part of Rolling Stone magazine's 2005 hot list. From 2007, he worked for Facebook as Director of Product until resigning in early 2013. In 2015, he wrote a fan fiction original screenplay to the HBO television comedy series Silicon Valley, which gained attention.

Conquer (The Walking Dead)

"Conquer" is the sixteenth and final episode of the fifth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on March 29, 2015. It was written by showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Seth Hoffman, and directed by Greg Nicotero.

Several recurring storylines culminate in the episode: the residents of the Alexandria Safe-Zone deciding on what to do with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) following his outburst in the previous episode; Glenn Rhee's (Steven Yeun) conflict with Nicholas (Michael Traynor); and Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) confronting their demons. Meanwhile, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) encounter trouble from a potential threat during a run, and Morgan Jones (Lennie James) nears the end of his search for Rick.

Similar to the pilot episode and the season two premiere, the episode aired in a 90-minute time slot, as opposed to its regular 60-minute time slot.Television commentators lauded the character progression, its storytelling, Nicotero's direction, Gimple's and Hoffman's script and the ensemble's performances. Many highlighted Andrew Lincoln and Lennie James's performances, as well as the character progression of Carol Peletier. Upon airing, it attracted 15.8 million viewers with an 18-49 rating of 8.2, making it the most watched season finale in the show and drama in basic cable history.

Dan Elkan

Dan Elkan (born September 7, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter and producer, who is best known as the singer and guitarist for the rock band Them Hills. Elkan has performed live with Broken Bells, Hella, and Kim Deal, and has appeared on recordings by Hella, Team Sleep, Norah Jones and Zach Hill. Elkan produced Aaron Ross' 2007 album "Shapeshifter" and tracks for Golden Shoulders' "Get Reasonable" 2009. Elkan also co-produced Zach Hill & Holy Smokes' "Masculine Drugs" 2004 and Holy Smokes' "Talk to Your Kids about Gangs" 2006 as well as Alela Diane's 2009 album "To Be Still".

The Union (Western Nevada County, CA) in 2009 called him "instrumental in much of the music that has come out of Nevada County in the last 10 years".

Duane Akina

Duane Akina (born c. 1958) is the defensive backs coach for the Stanford Cardinal football team.

In 28 years of coaching football, Akina has coached three Thorpe Award winners in Darryll Lewis (1990), Michael Huff (2005), and Aaron Ross (2006), as well as five finalists for the award, among them Chris McAlister. Twenty of his defensive backs have also gone on to play in the NFL.

He was an assistant coach to Dick Tomey at the University of Arizona for 14 years, serving as defensive backs coach and offensive coordinator. He was named Arizona defensive coordinator in 2000, but decided to leave for Texas to become the team's defensive back coach.

Akina was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and retained his duties as defensive backs coach for the Longhorns from 2005–2007. In the 2007 season, he shared the defensive coordinator position with Larry Mac Duff, but called the defensive plays. After a frustrating season, in which the Longhorns defense allowed a school-record 4,498 total yards, Akina could have faced dismissal following the 2007 Holiday Bowl. However, not Akina, but Larry Mac Duff resigned. Akina was nonetheless demoted to secondary coach after Will Muschamp was hired as the new defensive coordinator.

Following June Jones' resignation at Hawaiʻi, Akina was considered to be one of the candidates for his replacement.In January 2011, it was announced that Akina would be leaving the Longhorns to be the defensive backs coach at the University of Arizona. One month later, his replacement at Texas, Jerry Gray, left the Longhorns to become the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. A few days later, Akina announced that he would be returning to Texas to resume his defensive backs position with the Longhorns due to family considerations. On January 10, 2014 it was reported that Akina would not return for the Longhorns in 2014 after new head coach Charlie Strong decided not to keep him on his staff.

In March 2014, Akina was hired as the defensive backs coach for Stanford.

Hella (band)

Hella is an American math rock band from Sacramento, California. The primary members of the band are Spencer Seim on electric guitar and Zach Hill on drums. In 2005, the band expanded their live band by adding Dan Elkan on vocals, rhythm guitar, sampler and synthesizer and Jonathan Hischke on synth bass guitar for their Church Gone Wild/Chirpin' Hard tour. In 2006 they reformed as a five-piece line-up including Seim, Hill, Carson McWhirter (of The Advantage), Aaron Ross & Josh Hill. In 2009, the band was reduced back to core members Hill and Seim.

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List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 50

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List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 52

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Odyssey BMX

Odyssey BMX is a bicycle parts company based in Cerritos California specialising in BMX. Founded in 1985, one of its first products was the Gyro detangler, which is still in production today. The term “Gyro” is a registered trademark owned by Odyssey.

The product line currently includes almost all parts necessary to build a BMX except frames.

In 2005 the company won a design distinction award from ID magazine for the Elementary stem which gained a US patent and challenged the prevalent stem design of the time which used 6 bolts and replaced them with a single bolt controlling an internal expander. The Elementary stem was a collaboration with George French of G-Sport and in the course of this project odyssey BMX absorbed G-Sport In 2009 Odyssey launched the Ratchet hub under the G-Sport brandIn 2005 and 2009 The Odyssey Catalogue was featured in Print Magazine's Regional Design AnnualAaron Ross has a signature grip which has gained wider interestThe company has 5 US distributors and a further 44 worldwide The current team includes Aaron Ross and Taj Mihelich.

Prince Amukamara

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Ross Flood

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Sibley's Shoes

Sibley's Shoes was a retail footwear chain founded in 1920 in the city of Detroit, Michigan, United States. It was founded by Harry Rosenfeld. His sons Aaron Ross and Norman Rosenfeld worked for the company and later took over management and ownership upon Harry's death in 1973. In 1932, the flagship store was moved to the corner of Woodward Avenue and Montcalm; by 1952, Sibley's moved its corporate offices to the Fox Building and remained there until 1977. Meanwhile, the Sibley's chain grew to more than 38 stores at its peak, throughout Michigan and into Ohio. These stores, primarily located in shopping malls, included both Sibley's and Ms. Sibley's, the latter of which was a specialty shoe store for women.

Upon the construction of the Renaissance Center skyscraper complex in the mid-1970s, Sibley's later moved its offices there, until the complex was purchased by General Motors. Sibley's later chose a site in Warren, Michigan in 1997 and began construction on a new headquarters building and warehouse, completed in August 1998.

In 2001, the company was sold to its two top executives, President and CEO Hansel Artrip and CFO/VP Andrew Belsky, and the headquarters were relocated again, this time to Grand Blanc, Michigan. After the chain's acquisition in the spring of 2001, store sales saw deep declines in 2002 and 2003. Efforts were made to develop diversification strategies to align product with younger demographics, as well as capitalize on the emerging web-based markets, but demand for their products as well as market headwinds eliminated the potential for a turn-around. The ownership group soon saw its line of credit revoked by way of Chase Bank's acquisition of Detroit-based Bank One, and mounting losses, made worse by the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and the mysterious blackouts of August, 2003 forced the senior leadership team into panic mode as they teetered on the brink of insolvency. Artrip moved to negotiate a partnership with a financier to back continued operations, but in December 2003 it was determined that there was no way forward. After intense deliberation, and an unwillingness to restructure the embattled company, Artrip and Belsky announced their intent to close the last twenty-nine stores in late 2003, citing poor financial performance. The stores would close for good in April, 2004. The Sibley's Shoes name was subsequently purchased by Mr. Alan's for $25,000


Snowbasin Resort is a ski resort in the western United States, located in Weber County, Utah, 33 miles (53 km) northeast of Salt Lake City, on the back side of the Wasatch Range.Opened 80 years ago in 1939, as part of an effort by the city of Ogden to restore the Wheeler Creek watershed, it is one of the oldest continually operating ski resorts in the United States. One of the owners in the early days was Aaron Ross. Over the next fifty years Snowbasin grew, and after a large investment in lifts and snowmaking by owner Earl Holding, Snowbasin hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic alpine skiing races for downhill, combined, and super-G.

The movie Frozen was filmed there in 2009.

Snowbasin is located on Mount Ogden at the west end of State Route 226, which is connected to I-84 and SR-39 via SR-167 (New Trappers Loop Road).

Terrell Thomas

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William Ross (Ontario politician)

William Ross (July 14, 1854 – January 22, 1937) was a merchant and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented Ontario South in the House of Commons of Canada from 1900 to 1904 as a Liberal.He was born in Prince Albert, Canada West, the son of Aaron Ross and Lucinda Fitchett, and was educated in Port Perry and at the British American Commercial College in Toronto. Ross was a grain dealer and operated a general store. In 1877, he married Clara J. Bingham. Ross served on the village council for Port Perry and was reeve for two years. He also served as chairman of the school board. Ross ran unsuccessfully for reelection to the House of Commons in 1904.

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