Ross Verba

Ross Robert Verba (born October 31, 1973) is a former American professional football player. A 6'4", 305-lb. guard from the University of Iowa, Verba was a first-team All-Big Ten player in 1996.[1] He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (30th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft.

Verba was the first rookie to ever start a Super Bowl at left tackle, when the Packers faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. He played four seasons for the Packers from 1997 to 2000, and four with the Cleveland Browns from 2001 to 2004. In June, 2005, having failed to obtain an upgraded contract, Verba rebated his offseason bonus in order to obtain his release from the Browns.[2] After one season out of the league, Verba signed with the Detroit Lions for a final NFL season in 2006. He was released by the Lions on February 28, 2007, after spending eight games inactive with various injuries [3] and being placed on injured reserve.

Verba was arrested on January 4, 2007, in Wisconsin on a felony warrant for writing bad checks in Nevada and released one day later. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, Nevada authorities lifted the warrant after Verba resolved a misunderstanding regarding an outstanding debt[4] of $50,000 at the Wynn Las Vegas casino.[5] Subsequently, Verba was arrested in 2009 on another Nevada warrant for failing to pay a $26,000 gambling debt at the Palms Resort and Casino. Verba resides in Scottsdale Arizona with Dizzle and Tizzle.[6][7]

Ross Verba
No. 77, 78
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born:October 31, 1973 (age 45)
Des Moines, Iowa
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Dowling Catholic
(West Des Moines, Iowa)
NFL Draft:1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Preceded by
John Michels
Green Bay Packers starting left tackle
Succeeded by
Chad Clifton
1993 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1993 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1994 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1994 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1996 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1996 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten 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 Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. Participating as members of the Big Ten Conference, the Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium and were led by legendary coach Hayden Fry.

1997 Green Bay Packers season

The 1997 Green Bay Packers season was their 79th season overall and their 77th in the National Football League. The season concluded with the team winning its second consecutive NFC championship, but losing in a 31–24 upset to John Elway's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. The team narrowly missed its opportunity to post back-to-back Super Bowl wins.

After a dominating 1996 campaign which ended with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI, many expected the Packers to repeat as champions in 1997. During training camp, star safety LeRoy Butler, among others, said that the Packers had the chance to run the table and go 19–0. This opinion drew increased coverage from the media as the Packers notched impressive victories in all five preseason games. The undefeated hype ended quickly, however, when Green Bay lost week 2 in Philadelphia.

Following a relatively slow 3–2 start, the Packers caught fire in the second half of the season, finishing with a 13–3 regular season record and 8–0 home record for the second consecutive year. In the playoffs, Green Bay defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field in the divisional round, and San Francisco 49ers at 3Com Park in the NFC Championship. Some in the media dubbed the NFC title game as "the real Super Bowl" because of the 49ers' and Packers' league dominance, and the relative inferiority of the AFC in recent Super Bowls. Green Bay's win marked the third consecutive year the team had defeated San Francisco in the playoffs.

The Packers entered Super Bowl XXXII as 11 1/2-point favorites. The point spread was likely determined by Green Bay's victory in the previous Super Bowl, the AFC's string of 13 consecutive Super Bowl losses, and Denver's losses in four previous Super Bowls. The game itself was a seesaw battle, and one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history. The Broncos won the thriller 31–24, earning John Elway his first Super Bowl victory at the age of 37, and the first championship in franchise history. Years later, Brett Favre said the Broncos were far underrated, and credited Denver's innovative blitz packages and strategies, foreign to the league at that time, for confusing the Packers.

Packers' quarterback Brett Favre was named the league's MVP for the third year in a row in 1997. Favre was the first player in the history of the award to win three MVPs, and remains the only player to have won three MVPs consecutively. The Packers became the first team to have six NFL MVP award winners.The 1997 Packers are one of only two teams in NFL history to win seven games against teams that would go on to make the playoffs.

1997 NFL Draft

The 1997 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 19–20, 1997, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

This draft was notable for its high-profile offensive linemen. The first overall selection was Orlando Pace, who appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 2000 to 2006 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016. Tarik Glenn was selected 19th overall and has been named to three Pro Bowls as well. Arguably the best of the bunch, Walter Jones, who made nine Pro Bowls (including eight consecutive from 2001–08), was a seven time All-Pro, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014, was selected 6th overall. Others include Chris Naeole, Dan Neil, Ryan Tucker, Jeff Mitchell, Mike Flynn, and Joe Andruzzi.

The '97 Draft is also well known for its running backs. Warrick Dunn was drafted 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rushed for over 10,000 yards in his career. Corey Dillon, Tiki Barber, Antowain Smith, Priest Holmes, and Duce Staley all enjoyed productive seasons in the NFL.

This draft is also well known for its undrafted Pro Bowl players. Jake Delhomme, Holmes, Pat Williams, and four others made Pro-Bowl trips at some point in their careers.

1998 Green Bay Packers season

The 1998 Green Bay Packers season was their 80th season overall and their 78th in the National Football League. It ended with a 30–27 loss in the NFC Wild Card Game to the San Francisco 49ers, with Steve Young throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens with three seconds left. The season marked the end of an era in many ways for Green Bay; this was the last season for which both head coach Mike Holmgren and Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White would find themselves on the Packers' sideline. This was the first time the Packers had not won the division in four years. In addition, the Minnesota Vikings brought an end to the Packers 25 game home winning streak in Week 5.

1998 was the final season that the Packers would qualify for the postseason during the 1990s. They would not return to the playoffs until 2001.

1999 Green Bay Packers season

The 1999 Green Bay Packers season was their 81st season overall and their 79th in the National Football League. It was the first and only season for head coach Ray Rhodes. The Packers finished 8–8, posting their worst record since Brett Favre took over the helm as the Packers' starting quarterback.

2000 Green Bay Packers season

The 2000 Green Bay Packers season was their 82nd season overall and their 80th in the National Football League. It was the first season for which Mike Sherman was the head coach of the team. Sherman was the thirteenth head coach in franchise history. The Packers finished 9–7, failing to qualify for the playoffs. The Packers total offense ranked 15th in the league, and their total defense ranked 15th in the league.

2001 Cleveland Browns season

The 2001 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 53rd season and 49th with the National Football League.

2001 Green Bay Packers season

The 2001 Green Bay Packers season was their 83rd season overall and their 81st season in the National Football League.

The Packers returned to the postseason after two years of missing the playoffs if the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

They finished with a 12–4 record. After easily defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the wild card round, Green Bay's season ended with a loss to the 14–2 St. Louis Rams in the NFC divisional playoff game, in which quarterback Brett Favre threw a career high six interceptions.

2002 Cleveland Browns season

The 2002 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 54th season and 50th with the National Football League.

The Browns made their only playoff appearance since their re-activation. It was only the Browns’ fourth year since returning to the league effectively as an expansion team, and their first winning season. It would also prove to be the only time that the team made the NFL playoffs in the 2000s, and as of 2018, the Browns have not made it back to the NFL playoffs. The Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard round.

2003 Cleveland Browns season

The 2003 Cleveland Browns season was the franchise's 55th season as a professional sports franchise and its 51st season as a member of the National Football League. The Browns were unable to replicate the success from the previous season, and they ended up winning only five games. They failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001. It would also begin a stretch, unbroken as of the 2018 season, when the Browns would not make it to the NFL Playoffs in any capacity and had only one winning season since 2007.

2004 Cleveland Browns season

The 2004 Cleveland Browns season was the team’s 56th season and 52nd with the National Football League. The Browns were looking to improve on their 5–11 record from 2003 and return to their 2002 playoff position; however, hindered by a tough schedule they regressed further and only won four games. On November 30, Butch Davis resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the team. He was succeeded by offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. Robiskie promoted tight end coach Rob Chudzinski to offensive coordinator.

David Mancini

David Mancini (born July 15, 1970) is an American private investigator best known for conducting the investigation into the 2001 disappearance of the brother-in-law of guitarist Slash of the rock band Guns N' Roses . His investigation was nearly a year in duration and spanned over several states throughout the United States.

He has appeared on numerous television shows including the E! Entertainment Special "Psychic Hollywood: The Search for Truth" and "That Morning Show" also on E! He was also referenced in Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler's autobiography My Appetite For Destruction: Sex, Drugs, and Guns N' Roses. Additionally, he was discussed on KROQ-FM's nationally syndicated radio show Loveline hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky(shows dated April 7, 2010 and July 8, 2010) as well as The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM radio (show dated July 27, 2010).

He is frequently called upon to conduct various types of investigations for numerous well known celebrities. In August 2009, he investigated a highly publicized stalker case involving a fan who was stalking both Steven Adler and Slash of Guns N' Roses. The alleged stalker was eventually arrested by police in Oregon after violating a restraining order that was issued against her.

He has also provided investigative and/or security consulting to musical artists, actors, professional athletes, and public figures such as Chip Z'Nuff of the rock band Enuff Z'Nuff, Steven Adler's band "Adler's Appetite", guitarist Slash, the Australian rock band Juke Kartel featuring Toby Rand of television show Rock Star: Supernova fame, burlesque performer and model Dita Von Teese, Dr. Drew, musician and actress Courtney Love, actor Lane Garrison, former Green Bay Packers Offensive Guard Ross Verba along with sports and corporate entities such as the Seattle Mariners baseball team, American Apparel clothing company, Technicolor SA and Anheuser-Busch amongst others.

List of Green Bay Packers players

The following is a list of notable past or present players of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team.

List of Iowa Hawkeyes football honorees

The Iowa Hawkeyes football team was founded in 1889 to represent the University of Iowa in intercollegiate competition, and it has participated in the sport every season since. Over the course of the team's history, individual Hawkeye players of exceptional ability have received many accolades.

Iowa has had several players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. Individual Hawkeyes have won many prestigious national awards, including the Outland Trophy, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Doak Walker Award, the Jim Thorpe Award, and the Heisman Trophy. 92 Hawkeyes have been named a first-team or second-team All-American, and 27 have been named consensus first-team All-Americans.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have had ten players win the Big Ten Most Valuable Player Award, and 219 Hawks have earned All-Big Ten recognition. Iowa has had 244 NFL draft picks, and several former Hawkeye players have gone on to become NFL head coaches or Division I college head coaches.

Verba (surname)

Verba is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ross Verba (born 1973), American football player

Sidney Verba (born 1932), American academic

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