Al Gross (American football)

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Al Gross
No. 31, 27
Personal information
Born: (1961-01-04) January 4, 1961 (age 58)
Stockton, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Franklin (CA)
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 9 / Pick: 246
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:58
Fumble recoveries:6
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Alfred Ellis Gross, Jr. (born January 4, 1961) is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at the University of Arizona.

Early years[edit]

Gross attended Franklin High School, where he was a two-time All-conference selection in both football and basketball. He earned All-state honors in basketball as a senior.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Arizona. He became a starter at strong safety as a sophomore and went on to play in 33 straight games. He was known as a hard-hitting player that excelled in big games. He had 4 career interceptions.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Gross was selected in the ninth round (246th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. At his request, he was released very early in training camp (August 1).[1]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns 2 days later. His early contributions came playing on special teams and backing up both safety positions.

In 1984, he was named the starter at strong safety and was part of a secondary that earned the nickname "Dawgs", while helping the defensive unit to finish second overall in the NFL.[2] He led the team two years in a row (1984 and 1985) with 5 interceptions.

On September 9, 1986, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.[3]

In 1987, he started the first four games of the season at free safety, before experiencing complications from a knee injury he suffered the year before. He lost his starting position to Felix Wright and was placed on the inactive list during the last 4 games of the regular season and the playoffs.[4]

On August 4, 1988, he requested to be released from the Browns roster, after feeling he wasn't getting much work in training camp.[5] He finished his career with 261 tackles, 11 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries and 2 touchdowns.


  1. ^ "Dolphins' Shull out for season". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Al Gross Holding His Ground in Tough Cleveland Secondary". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Briefs". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Browns waive Gross". Retrieved April 30, 2017.

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