|No. 65, 68, 69|
|Position:||Guard / Center|
March 2, 1979 |
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Tucker attended Wyomissing Area High School in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and won three varsity letters each in football and basketball. He was all-league at both offensive tackle and defensive end while earning all-county honors at offensive tackle. As a senior basketball player, he averaged 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds while making 24 three pointers. Tucker was a team captain in both football and basketball and was an outstanding student as well, winning the school's US Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete award
A graduate of Princeton University, Tucker was a four-year starter on the Tigers Ivy League football squad. He started against Colgate University as a freshman at defensive end and in the offseason was moved to right guard where he became a three-year starter.
Tucker was All-Ivy in 2000 and a two-time Academic All-American at Princeton.
Tucker was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins after the 2001 NFL Draft. He surprised observers by making the team, even though he suffered a broken hand and a partially torn MCL. The next year, he started 7 games at right guard. He was waived on October 22, 2002.
On October 23, 2002, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys. He started at left guard during the last 7 games of the season in place of an injured Larry Allen. On June 5, 2003, he was released after minicamp.
On June 16, 2003, he was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills and appeared in 12 games with 5 starts at right guard. In 2004, he started 9 games at left guard and 4 at center. After missing minicamps because of offseason back surgery and being limited with injuries, he was cut on September 3, 2005.
New England Patriots
On December 13, 2005, he was signed by the New England Patriots. He played in one game and was declared inactive in 3 contests. On August 8, 2006, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a conditional 2007 draft choice (not exercised).
On March 8, 2007, Tucker was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins. He suffered a career ending neck injury that bruised his spinal cord during the preseason. On August 28, he was placed on the injured reserve list. He officially announced his retirement in March 2008.
Tucker played in 42 games in his 7-year NFL career, starting 28. In 2003, he was named to the USA Today All-Joe team.
- "Tucker Guardedly Optimistic". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Tucker Finds Another Job With Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Ross Tucker Stays Realistic In Dream World". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Ross Tucker Surprised By Release From Dallas". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Tucker Gets Fresh Start in Buffalo". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Tucker Playing Waiting Game". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Tucker Traded To Browns". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Tucker 'shocked after Browns let him go". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Tucker on IR". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Ross Tucker Earns Spot On All-Joe Team". Retrieved February 19, 2016.