John Ross became a famous name in the NFL even before his debut in the league. He was crowned King of the 40 for his fantastic, record-breaking 4.22-second 40-yard sprint over 4.22 seconds during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. The record is said to be the fastest since 1999 – the year in which the NFL began using electronic timekeeping on the drill.
Among other things that have set Ross apart from many NFL players, he is probably most admired for his dynamic speed. Although there is a perception in several circles that Ross needs to improve his game in terms of competitive catches, and that his physical attributes give him limited playing strength, there is no doubt that he is a playmaker, because, with the ball in his hands, the value of his speed becomes indispensable.
Hopes were high when John joined the Cincinnati Bengals, he was 9th in the overall standings and was selected by the team in the first round. As such, it was hard to imagine that his rookie campaign would be largely disappointing. Sometime in September 2017, he made his professional debut and spent more time throughout the season fighting injuries that he finished with virtually no statistics. By the end of the season, the Wide Receiver could only boast of one overhasty attempt and 12 overhasty yards.
Fortunately, John was not burdened by the wasted season, he refused to agree with those who claim that the poor performance was the result of the Bengal head coach, Marvin Lewis’ management, and he is working hard to achieve what he calls the team’s X Factor.
Who Is John Ross of the NFL?
You already know quite a bit about John Ross from the previous, but the Wide Receiver has a lot more to offer. He was born in Long Beach, California, where he also grew up. He was named John Ellis Ross III after his birth on November 27, 1994. It is generally believed that Ross has one of the most important factors (age) that determines how far he would go in the NFL on his side.
Ross’s involvement with American football has been traced back to when he was 7 years old. It is said that it all started in his grandmother’s yard where he was superior to everyone else. When he witnessed this, his mother, Dayna Mitchell, decided to let him develop a career in the sport.
John is not his parents’ only child; he has one sister, four brothers, and is the eldest of them all. His father, John Ross Jr., once said that the wide receiver was an inspiration to his younger siblings.
Facts You Need To Know About The Wide Receiver
He Was Once Coached By Snoop Dogg
Yes, he was trained in the early days of his football career by Snoop Dogg, the rapper. According to John, his relationship with Snoop began on a particular day when he watched the rapper’s team – the Snoop Youth Football League. While John and his mother asked the hip-hop star for an autograph, he recognized John and the boy soon became a member of the rapper’s team. The relationship between John and the rapper has only blossomed over the years.
Ross Almost Quit Football
It is said that during his high school days, John decided to give up the sport because he was under great pressure from people to improve his game. It was his grandmother who made him change his mind about it.
NFL Career Stats, Highlights, and Awards
Starting in 2017, John Ross’ career statistics at the NFL will be almost nothing. As already mentioned, he could only boast zero touchdowns, one rushed attempt, and 12 rushing yards.
Aside from being selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, other highlights of John Ross’ career include his inclusion in the first team of the 2016 All-Pac 12 Team and his promotion to Associated Press All-Pac 12 Team Player of the Year (2016).
Salary and Net Worth
While it would be malicious to notarize one of the numbers put into circulation as the net assets of the wide receiver, it is common knowledge that the four-year contract he signed with the Bengalese after being drafted is worth $17.1 million. The deal included a signing bonus of $10.6 million.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Among a handful of other things, it is believed that John’s physical characteristics are one of his weaknesses in this sport. He is 11 inches taller than 5 feet (1.80 m) and weighs 190 lbs (86 kg). Other details of his body measurements have yet to be confirmed, but his hand size is 8 3/4 in (0.22 m) and his arm length is 31 1/2 in (0.80 m).