At Washington, John Ross was the man, racking up 17 touchdowns and over 1100 receiving yards in 14 games. The degree of difficulty will increase significantly now that he’s a Cincinnati Bengal, but Ross has already overcome plenty to make it this far. This is his story.
The first time he touched the ball in high school, it was a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD
When Ross was just 14 years old, he was set to return the opening kickoff in his first football game. He asked his coach what to do when he got the ball. His coach simply said, “Run, and do not let anybody tackle you!”
The other guy returning asked the coach what to do if they kicked it to him, to which the coach responded, “Give it to [Ross].”
Ross ended up taking the kickoff back 100 yards, and it was the start to what has been a remarkable career on the gridiron.
Ross felt like everybody wanted football for him more than he wanted it for himself. He wanted to just pick up his grades and find something else for his future.
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