Dominique Ross

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Dominique Ross
No. 36
Position:Running Back
Personal information
Born: (1972-01-12) January 12, 1972 (age 47)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Jacksonville (FL) Raines
College:Valdosta State
Undrafted:1995
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Dominique Ross (born January 12, 1972 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Jacksonville Tomcats in the Arena Football League 2. He played college football at Valdosta State University.

Early years[edit]

Ross attended William M. Raines High School, where he played running back and became one of the top recruits in the state of Florida.[1]

In 1989, he accepted a football scholarship from Florida State University.[2] He didn't play in his first year because of failing to meet the requirements of Proposition 48 and left the school in 1990.[3]

In 1992, he transferred to Division II Valdosta State University where he was coached by Hal Mumme and was named the starting fullback. As a sophomore, he played in only 9 games, leading the team with 153 carries for 734 yards and 10 touchdowns.

As a junior, he became the first player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards, registering 167 carries for 1,030 yards (6.2-yard avg.) and 13 touchdowns, while also collecting 64 receptions for 492 yards and 3 touchdowns. Against Fort Valley State University, he had 30 carries for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns.

As a senior, he broke his record by tallying 256 carries for 1,473 rushing yards (5.8-yard avg.) and 13 touchdowns. Against Livingston University, he had 11 carries for 249 rushing yards (22.6-yard avg.), including a 93-yard touchdown run.

Ross finished his college career with school records for career rushing yards (3,237), career touchdowns (36), single-season rushing yards (1,473 yards), single-season rushing attempts (256) and longest run (93 yards).

In 2016, he was inducted into the Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame.[4] He was also named to the Valdosta State team of the decade in the 1990s.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Ross was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1995 NFL Draft on April 25.[5] He was waived on August 22 and signed to the practice squad.[6] On December 21, he was promoted to the active roster for the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals, making 2 special teams tackles. He was a part of the Super Bowl XXX winning team. He was released on August 25, 1996 and was later re-signed.[7]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On March 11, 1997, he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[8] He was released to make room for rookie running back Warrick Dunn on July 25, after he ended his contract holdout.[9]

Mobile Admirals[edit]

In 1999, Ross played for the Mobile Admirals of the short-lived Regional Football League, where he was teammates with fellow former-Cowboys running back Sherman Williams.[10]

Jacksonville Tomcats (AF2)[edit]

In 2002, he signed with the Jacksonville Tomcats of the Arena Football League 2.[11] He played there until the team folded in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FSU Wins State Battle For Recruits". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "National Signing Day Analyst Rates Seminoles` Class Best In The Nation". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Identical Twins Proving Double Trouble On Defense". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Valdosta State Formally Inducts 2016 Hall of Fame Class". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. April 26, 1995. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 23, 1995. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 26, 1996. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. March 12, 1997. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jags, Dolphins, Redskins To Give Bucs Practice Fodder". Orlando Sentinel. July 26, 1997. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Burrus, Bill (May 28, 1999). "Mobile will test Pride's on-field progress". The Greenwood Commonwealth. Greenwood, Mississippi. p. 11. Retrieved January 30, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Tomcats build around First Coast players". The Florida Times-Union.