John Ross became a famous name in NFL even before he made his debut in the league. He was crowned the King of the 40 for his fantastic record-breaking 4.22-second 40-yard dash during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. It is said that the record stands as the fastest since 1999 – which was the year NFL started an electronic timing of the drill.
In addition to other things that have distinguished Ross from a good number of NFL players, he is probably most admired for his dynamic speed. Even though it is believed in several quarters that Ross has to improve his game in terms of making contested catches and that his physical attributes only affords him limited play strength, there is no doubt about him being a playmaker, with the ball in his hands, the value of his speed becomes indispensable.
Hopes were high when John joined the Cincinnati Bengals, he was the 9th overall selection and was picked in the first round by the team. As such, it was hardly imagined that his rookie campaign would be largely disappointing. He professionally debuted sometime in September 2017 and spent more time battling injuries throughout the season which he practically ended with no stats. The wide receiver could only boast of one rushing attempt and 12 rushing yards by the end of the season.
Thankfully, John hasn’t been weighed down by the wasted season, he has refused to agree with those suggesting that the poor outing was an outcome of Bengals’ head coach, Marvin Lewis’ management and, is hard at work to attain what he describes as being the team’s X-factor.
Who Is John Ross of NFL?
You already know pretty much about John Ross from the foregoing, but there is more to the wide receiver. He was born in Long Beach, California which was equally where he was raised. Named John Ellis Ross III after his birth on 27th November 1994, it is widely held that Ross has one of the most important factors (age) that would determine how far he’d fare in the NFL on his side.
Ross’s involvement with American football has been traced back to when he was a 7-year old lad. It is said that it all started in his grandmom’s yard where he outran everyone, witnessing this, his mom, Dayna Mitchell decided to have him develop a career in the sport.
John is not the only child of his parents; he has one sister, four brothers, and is the oldest of them all. His dad, John Ross Jr. once expressed that the wide receiver has been an inspiration for his younger siblings.
Facts You Need To Know About The Wide Receiver
He Was Once Coached By Snoop Dogg
Yeah, he was coached by Snoop Dogg the rapper in the early days of his football career. According to John, his relationship with Snoop began a certain day he went to watch the rapper’s team – Snoop Youth Football League. While John and his mom approached the hip-hop star for an autograph, he recognized John and the lad soon became a member of the rapper’s team. John’s relationship with the rapper has only blossomed over the years.
Ross Almost Quit Football
As the story goes, John made up his mind to abandon the sports during his high school days because of the much pressure he was getting from people to improve his game. It was his grandmom that made him change his mind about this.
NFL Career Stats, Highlights, and Awards
As of 2017, John Ross’ career stats with NFL amounts to almost nothing. As stated early, he could only boast of zero touchdowns, one rushing attempt, and 12 rushing yards.
Apart from being a first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, other notable highlights of John Ross’ career include his listing on 2016’s First-team All-Pac-12 and his emergence as The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team Player of the Year (2016).
Salary and Net Worth
While it’d be mischievous to authenticate any of the figures being circulated as the wide receiver’s net worth, it is common knowledge that the four-year deal he signed with the Bengals after he was drafted is worth $17.1 million. The deal came with a $10.6 million signing bonus.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Among a handful of other things, it is believed that John’s physical attributes are one of his weaknesses in sports. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall (1.80 m) and weighs 86 kg (190 lbs). Other details of his body measurements are yet to be confirmed but his hand size is 8 3⁄4 in (0.22 m) and his arm length, 31 1⁄2 in (0.80 m).