Al Gross (American football)
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|Born:||January 4, 1961|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||191 lb (87 kg)|
|High school:||Franklin (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||1983 / Round: 9 / Pick: 246|
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|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.
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.
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. He led the team two years in a row (1984 and 1985) with 5 interceptions.
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.
On August 4, 1988, he requested to be released from the Browns roster, after feeling he wasn't getting much work in training camp. He finished his career with 261 tackles, 11 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries and 2 touchdowns.
- "Dolphins' Shull out for season". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Al Gross Holding His Ground in Tough Cleveland Secondary". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Transactions". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Briefs". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Browns waive Gross". Retrieved April 30, 2017.