One of the fastest players in NFL history appears to be hanging up his cleats. The Kansas City Chiefs placed wide receiver John Ross on the reserve/retired list Wednesday, per NFL Media. The 27-year-old appears done with football.
Background and Career
The Chiefs picked up Ross to bolster their wide receiving corps in January. The Washington product was actually selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft — one spot ahead of Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. According to a report by Cbssports.com, Ross will be remembered for running a 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine, surpassing Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson‘s record of 4.24 seconds in 2008.
Ross’ incredible speed led to the Cincinnati Bengals selecting him with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, he faced several setbacks in his career, dealing with injuries and occasionally being made a healthy scratch. In his rookie season, Ross only touched the ball once and played in just three games.
In 2018, Ross experienced a breakthrough, catching a career-high seven touchdowns. However, his best NFL season came in 2019, where he recorded 28 receptions for 506 yards and three touchdowns. After his rookie contract expired, Ross signed with the New York Giants ahead of the 2021 season, where he managed to catch 11 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown in 10 games played.
A Legendary Combine Performance
In his 37 career games, Ross showcased his speed and agility, accumulating 998 scrimmage yards and 11 total touchdowns. However, despite his relatively short-lived career, he will always be known as a combine legend.
The highlight of Ross’ NFL journey was undoubtedly his stunning 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine. His time of 4.22 seconds broke the previous record set by Chris Johnson. To this day, Ross holds the title for the fastest 40-yard dash in NFL history.
Farewell to the Gridiron
With his decision to retire, John Ross leaves behind a legacy as one of the fastest players in NFL history. While injury setbacks limited his on-field contributions, his electrifying speed and memorable combine performance will forever be etched in football history.
– John Ross, known for his exceptional speed, has retired from professional football at the age of 27.
– Ross was selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
– He broke the combine record for the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.22 seconds.
– Ross played for the Washington Football Team, New York Giants, and Kansas City Chiefs during his career.
– He amassed 998 scrimmage yards and 11 total touchdowns in his 37 career games.
– Ross will always be remembered as one of the fastest players to have ever played in the NFL.