Ross Tucker

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Ross Tucker
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Position: Guard / Center
Personal information
Born: (1979-03-02) March 2, 1979 (age 38)
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Princeton
Undrafted: 2001
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 42
Games started: 28
Fumble recoveries: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ross Finch Tucker (born March 2, 1979 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania) is a former American football offensive lineman.

Early years[edit]

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

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

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.[1] The next year, he started 7 games at right guard. He was waived on October 22, 2002.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On October 23, 2002, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.[2] He started at left guard during the last 7 games of the season in place of an injured Larry Allen.[3] On June 5, 2003, he was released after minicamp.[4]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On June 16, 2003, he was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills and appeared in 12 games with 5 starts at right guard.[5] In 2004, he started 9 games at left guard and 4 at center.[6] After missing minicamps because of offseason back surgery and being limited with injuries, he was cut on September 3, 2005.

New England Patriots[edit]

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).[7]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On August 8, 2006, he was acquired by the Cleveland Browns after LeCharles Bentley tore his patella tendon. He was released on September 2.[8]

Washington Redskins[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tucker Guardedly Optimistic". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tucker Finds Another Job With Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ross Tucker Stays Realistic In Dream World". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ross Tucker Surprised By Release From Dallas". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tucker Gets Fresh Start in Buffalo". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Tucker Playing Waiting Game". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tucker Traded To Browns". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tucker 'shocked after Browns let him go". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Tucker on IR". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ross Tucker Earns Spot On All-Joe Team". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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