The NFC East has picked up a few steps since Aaron Ross last played in it. During his stint in Jacksonville, Robert Griffin III emerged with Washington, and the Eagles this offseason ushered in their new coach Chip Kelly, known for his up-tempo offense.
But speed is no stranger to Ross.
His wife and fellow University of Texas product, Sanya Richards-Ross, is a four-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and trains in Waco, home of Griffin’s alma mater of Baylor. So Ross knows world-class speed when he sees it, and knows it will be a faster division than the one he last faced as a member of the Giants in the 2011 Super Bowl run.
“It’s always strong, it’s a fierce rivalry every week when you’re playing against the NFC East,” Ross said recently on NFL Network. “Like RGIII, my wife trains in Waco, and I had a chance to see him train when he was in college. So he’s a beast and he’s come into the league and is pretty much ripping it up. And Philadelphia is always good and the Cowboys always have a stacked roster, so you never know what to expect from those guys. The NFC East is a great division to play in. It seems like it’s always a primetime game.”
Having four Pro Bowl quarterbacks in the division only ups that excitement level for cornerbacks like Ross, who also talked about what future players at his position can expect in a pass-heavy NFL.
“It’s a passing league, so I think it’s a great time for a competitive corner to come into the league,” Ross said with the NFL Draft later this month. “You need about four or five corners on your roster, so it’s a great time for corners. Coming into the league, you have great receivers, of course great quarterbacks, and you get a chance to show your skills off.
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