Ross Tucker has a long and storied career in football, and has been hugely successful as a player, broadcaster, journalist and entrepreneur through the sport he has loved from a young age.
Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Ross Tucker followed the Philadelphia Eagles and often dreamt of pulling on the jersey and following in the footsteps of his heroes. Tucker attended Wyomissing Area High School in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and won three varsity letters each in football and basketball. All-league at both offensive tackle and defensive end and earning all-county honors at offensive tackle, he excelled in football, and was also dominant on the basketball court, where he averaged 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior, while making 24 three point shots.
Princeton University in the Ivy League came calling, and Ross started as a Freshman at Defensive End. However, in the off season he was flipped to Offensive line and became a starter at Guard for the remainder of his college career. Ross graduated from Princeton as All-Ivy, a two time Academic All American, and four year starter at two positions for the Princeton Tigers.
Despite going undrafted, Ross was quickly snapped up by the Washington Redskins in 2001 under renowned coach Marty Schottenheimer. In 2002 he found his way to the Dallas Cowboys, and in 2003 he was acquired by the Buffalo Bills, where he found fame protecting QB Drew Bledsoe. After a successful tenure in Buffalo, Ross moved within the division to the New England Patriots, where he played under legendary coach Bill Belichick, and alongside future Hall of Famers Tom Brady, Richard Seymour, and Adam Vinatieri. In two years with the Patriots, Ross won back to back division championships and won three playoff games.
In 2006 Ross was traded to the Cleveland Browns, as former Patriots’ Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel brought him to Ohio, but with injuries mounting, Ross never took the field in a Browns uniform in the regular season. Despite that, Hall of fame coach Joe Gibbs, who has three Super Bowls on his resume, brought Tucker back to Washington. Unfortunately injury forced Ross to retire in March of 2008, ending a career that saw him play more than 40 games across 5 different teams.
Since retirement, Tucker has been active in the media, working with Sports Illustrated in 2008, before being recruited to ESPN as a columnist in 2010. Along with this, he’s a year round host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, a studio analyst for both the NBC Sports Network and the YES Network, a color analyst for NFL games for Sports USA, the creator & host of the “Ross Tucker Football Podcast” and the lead NFL columnist for Sporting News.
Toward the end of the 2007-2008 season, Ross Tucker joined Sports Illustrated, writing on the NFL beat for their website. Ross left Sports Illustrated and joined ESPN as an NFL columnist in September 2010. In July 2013, Tucker was named the lead NFL columnist for The Sporting News. He now writes for Sports on Earth.
Tucker is the host of the hugely popular Ross Tucker Football Podcast available at RossTucker.com. In 2014, he also added the Fantasy Feast: Eatinpodcast, with co-host Evan Silva, which concentrates on the world of Fantasy Football, and the Even Money podcast with Pregame.com’s Steve Fezzik which offers insights on sports betting and gambling. In 2015 The College Draft was added to the portfolio, as Ross and Fran Duffy from the Philadelphia Eagles come together and discuss the news from college football and prospects for the NFL draft.
A fill-in and weekend host since 2007, starting with the beginning of the 2010 NFL season Tucker became the Host of The Morning Kickoff with Ross Tucker which aired Monday–Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Beginning with the 2011 season, he joined Bob Papa on The Opening Drive from 7am-11am EST on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Tucker can be seen on television Tuesday through Thursday evenings most weeks on Fantasy Football Live on the NBC Sports Network.
He calls NFL games for Westwood One as well as NCAA games for NBC Sports Network, and regularly acts as fill-in host on the internationally renown Dan Patrick Show.
alongside his media commitments, Ross has a very successful online business in GoBigRecruiting which helps connect young athletes with opportunities in universities throughout the US.
Going forward, Ross will act as a tremendous figurehead for the Colchester Gladiators – a successful athlete at the highest level, and a very successful businessman, he’s a fantastic role model for all our members, young and old, and it is our hope that with his input we can help to shape not just great football players, but also great people through the club.
More information about Ross can be found at www.rosstucker.com and his podcasts can be found below: