Aaron Ross graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, where he played cornerback, wide receiver and running back in his three-years at the high school. He was named second-team Class 5A All-State after posting six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks and allowing just one touchdown reception as a senior in 2001. During his time in high school he lettered in football, track & field and in basketball.
Ross attended the University of Texas in Austin after high school. As a junior, Ross earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention, and ranked tenth in the nation with a 14.7-yard average on 34 punt returns, returning two for touchdowns. A full-time starter in 2006, Ross made the most of this opportunity. He earned All-American and All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors, in addition to being named the Jim Thorpe Award winner.
Aaron Ross was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. As a rookie, Ross recorded 42 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 9 passes defended and 3 interceptions which he returned a total of 51 yards including a 43 yard touchdown. Ross has played his entire professional career in New York, and helped the Giants win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD
2006 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Aaron Ross, University of Texas