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Ross Tucker

Ross Tucker
No. 65, 68, 69
Position:Guard / Center
Personal information
Born: (1979-03-02) March 2, 1979 (age 40)
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:316 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Wyomissing Area
(Wyomissing, Pennsylvania)
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) is a former American football offensive lineman and current sports broadcaster. Tucker was an All-Ivy League offensive lineman at Princeton University, then played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Tucker retired as a player after suffering a neck injury during the 2007 season. He has worked for NBC Sports Network, Westwood One, Sirius XM NFL Radio and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network. He currently hosts the Ross Tucker Football Podcast distributed through PodcastOne.

Early years

Tucker attended Wyomissing Area High School, where he earned 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.[1]

As a senior basketball player, he averaged 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds while making 24 three-pointers. He also received the school's US Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete award.[1]

College career

Tucker accepted a scholarship from Princeton University. He was a four-year starter on the Tigers Ivy League football squad. He started against Colgate University as a freshman at defensive end.[2]

As a sophomore, he and John Amburgy were moved to a right guard spot.[3] As a junior, he became the full-time starter at right guard. He was named All-Ivy in 2000 and was a two-time Academic All-American selection.[4]

National Football League

Tucker played in 42 games in his 7-year NFL career, starting 28.

As an undrafted free agent after the 2001 NFL Draft. He surprised observers by making the team, even though he suffered a broken hand and a partially torn MCL.[5] The next year, he started 7 games at right guard. He was waived on October 22, 2002.

Claimed off waivers on October 23, 2002.[6] He started at left guard during the last 7 games of the season in place of an injured Larry Allen.[7] On June 5, 2003, he was released after minicamp.[8]

Claimed off waivers on June 16, 2003, and appeared in 12 games, with 5 starts at right guard.[9] In 2004, he started 9 games at left guard and 4 at center.[10] After missing minicamps because of offseason back surgery and being limited with injuries, he was cut on September 3, 2005.

Signed on December 13, 2005. 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).[11]

On August 8, 2006, after LeCharles Bentley tore his patella tendon. He was released on September 2.[12]

For the second time on March 8, 2007, Tucker signed with the Redskins again as a free agent. 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.[13] He officially announced his retirement in March 2008. In 2003, he was named to the USA Today All-Joe team.[14]

Sports journalism

Tucker joined Sports Illustrated in 2008, writing on the NFL for SI's website.[15] Starting with the beginning of the 2010 NFL season, Tucker became the host of The Morning Kickoff with Ross Tucker on Sirius XM NFL Radio.[16] In July 2013, Tucker was named the lead NFL columnist for The Sporting News.[17][18] Tucker has also written NFL columns for Sports on Earth,[19] and has occasionally filled-in for hosting duties on The Dan Patrick Show.[20] Currently, Tucker serves as a commentator for NFL games on Westwood One[21] as well as for college games on NBC Sports Network.[22] Tucker hosts the Ross Tucker Football Podcast[23] and also provides commentary on the Keystone Sports Network syndicated radio show and podcast.[24]

References

  1. ^ a b "Honorary President - Ross Tucker". Colchester Gladiators. May 27, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Tigers Open Princeton Stadium with Win". Princeton Tigers. August 16, 1999. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "1999 Football Outlook". Princeton Tigers. September 15, 1999. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Cheatham, Norman Named First-team All-Ivy". Princeton Tigers. November 21, 2000. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Tucker Guardedly Optimistic". Reading Eagle. September 7, 2002. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Tucker Finds Another Job With Cowboys". Reading Eagle. October 24, 2002. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Ross Tucker Stays Realistic In Dream World". Reading Eagle. March 12, 2003. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Ross Tucker Surprised By Release From Dallas". Reading Eagle. June 2, 2003. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Tucker Gets Fresh Start in Buffalo". Reading Eagle. June 17, 2003. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Tucker Playing Waiting Game". Reading Eagle. September 5, 2005. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Tucker Traded To Browns". Reading Eagle. August 9, 2006. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Tucker 'shocked after Browns let him go". Reading Eagle. September 3, 2006. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Tucker on IR". Reading Eagle. August 29, 2007. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Ross Tucker Earns Spot On All-Joe Team". Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Ross Tucker". SI.com.
  16. ^ "Ross Tucker - Host". SiriusXM.
  17. ^ Sporting News Media (July 16, 2013). "Sporting News Media Hires NFL Host, Analyst and Former NFL Player Ross Tucker as its Lead Pro Football Columnist and Video Analyst". PR Newswire (Press release). PR Newswire Association LLC / Cision.
  18. ^ "Secret to NFL success: Chuck the numbers, sweat the small stuff". Sporting News. July 16, 2013.
  19. ^ "Ross Tucker, Writer". www.sportsonearth.com.
  20. ^ "Ross Tucker Archives - DanPatrick.com". www.danpatrick.com.
  21. ^ "Ross Tucker Westwood One SportsWestwood One Sports". westwoodonesports.com.
  22. ^ "NBC Sports Group's Press Pass - What to Watch- September 29 - October 1, 2017". NBC Sports Pressbox. September 29, 2017.
  23. ^ Tucker, Ross (January 25, 2018). "Ross Tucker Football Podcast". PodcastOne.com (Podcast). Event occurs at 00:05. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "KSN Roster". Keystone Sports Network.

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