Kevin Ross (American football)

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Kevin Ross
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth: Camden, New Jersey
Career information
College: Temple
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 7 / Pick: 173
Debuted in 1984 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Last played in 1997 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history

As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT 38
INT yards 654
Touchdowns 2
Stats at

Kevin Lesley Ross (born January 16, 1962) is a former American football cornerback and safety and the current cornerback's coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Ross was drafted in the 7th round of the 1984 NFL Draft with the 173rd overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs were he spent his first 10 seasons. Ross also played two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, one year with the San Diego Chargers, then returned to the Chiefs for one season in 1997.

Playing career[edit]

Ross played high school football at Paulsboro High School in Paulsboro, New Jersey[1] and went on to attend Temple University.

The Chiefs' seventh pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, he became a starter his rookie season and perfected a classic bump-and-run coverage that made him hard to beat in the secondary. For his career in Kansas City, he picked off 30 passes and scored 5 touchdowns. Ross played in a total of 156 games for the Chiefs. He went to Atlanta as a free agent before the 1994 season and later returned to play in five games in 1997.

Along with former teammate Albert Lewis, Ross was named one of the NFL's top 10 all-time cornerback back tandems by the NFL Network in July 2008.

Kevin known as "the Rock" went to two NFL Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Kansas City Hall of Fame in 2011. Ross is also one of only three players in franchise history to score a touchdown in at least four different ways (two INTs, two blocked field goal returns, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt).

Coaching career[edit]

He was the assistant secondary and quality control coach with the San Diego Chargers from 2007 to 2009. After the Chargers' disappointing 2009 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chargers administration announced that they would not renew his contract for the following season.[2] He was hired by the Raiders on March 5, 2010, as a defensive backs coach. He was not retained following the 2011 season.

Former Pro Bowl defensive back Kevin Ross begins his first season with the Cardinals as cornerbacks coach after being hired on 2/5/13. A 14-year NFL veteran, Ross has seven years of coaching experience in the NFL after previous jobs with Oakland (2010–11), San Diego (2007–08), and Minnesota (2003–05). In Arizona, Ross reunites with head coach Bruce Arians, under whom he played as a team captain during his senior season at Temple in 1983.


  1. ^ Kevin Ross, database Football. Accessed November 26, 2007.
  2. ^ San Diego Chargers' Norv Turner Fires Four Assistant Coaches, January 13, 2009

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