The Kansas City Chiefs announced Thursday that former NFL DB Kevin Ross will be the 2011 inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. The 41st member of this prestigious group will be honored at the 101 Awards banquet on Saturday, March 5th. Ross will be enshrined into the Chiefs Hall of Fame during festivities at Chiefs Alumni Weekend this fall and honored in a ceremony at halftime of that weekend’s game.
“On behalf of our family and the entire Chiefs organization, we are extremely honored to announce Kevin Ross’ election into the Chiefs Hall of Fame,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Kevin went from an unknown seventh-round pick to one of the top performers in the defensive backfield in the NFL during his tenure. He had a true appreciation for the game and we are excited to welcome him into the Chiefs Hall of Fame.”
Ross played in 156 regular season games (144 starts) during his 11-year career with Kansas City (’84-93, ’97). He produced 826 tackles (620 solo), 4.0 sacks, 30 INTs for 551 yards with two touchdowns, 12 fumble recoveries and 12 forced fumbles. He scored five career TDs – two INTs, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal. Ross also started eight postseason contests with the Chiefs, tallying 44 tackles (37 solo) and a forced fumble. He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (173rd overall) of Kansas City in the ’84 NFL Draft.
Following the ’89 season Ross was selected to his first career Pro Bowl after he tied for fifth on the team with 75 tackles (57 solo), 13 passes defensed and one forced fumble. He also intercepted a team-high four passes. Ross was named first-team All-AFC by The Football News. Ross earned a Pro Bowl invite for the second consecutive season in ’90 when he led the Chiefs with five INTs and 14 passes defensed. He added 64 tackles (53 solo) and returned a blocked punt for a TD. He played a role in 11 turnovers – five INTs, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. Ross started all 16 games at right cornerback as a rookie in ’84, posting a career-high six INTs for 124 yards with one TD, the third-most INTs by a rookie in Chiefs history. He also registered 98 tackles (77 solo), a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He was named the club’s Mack Lee Hill Award winner, an honor bestowed on the team’s top rookie or first-year player, for his performance in ’84.
In addition to his time with the Chiefs, the Camden, New Jersey native’s career also included stints with Atlanta (’94-95) and San Diego (’96). In 204 games (191 starts) he recorded 1,142 tackles (873 solo), 4.0 sacks, 38 INTs for 674 yards with two TDs, 15 fumble recoveries and 15 forced fumbles. He also returned a fumble for a TD, a blocked punt for a score and a blocked FG for a TD. He started nine playoff games, tallying 49 tackles (42 solo) and one forced fumble.
Ross produced 249 tackles and 13 interceptions during his four-year collegiate career at Temple University. He was an all-state linebacker and running back at Paulsboro High School in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Since retiring following the ’97 season, Ross has served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Minnesota Vikings (2003-05), San Diego Chargers (2007-08) and Oakland Raiders (2010-11).