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Jaguars excuse Aaron Ross from training camp for wife’s Olympic run

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Before cornerback Aaron Ross signed with the Jaguars last month, he had an unusual request: He asked if he’d be able to miss a few days of training camp to go to London to watch his wife in the Olympics. The Jaguars said yes, and Ross said today that’s one of the reasons he decided to sign.

“They talked about it and came to an agreement that I could miss a couple of days to go watch my wife run,” Ross said. “They preach family first here, so that was a big part of it.”

Ross’s wife, Sanya Richards-Ross, won the bronze medal in the 400 meters at the 2008 Olympics, but Ross wasn’t there to see it because his team at the time, the Giants, wouldn’t let him out of training camp. This time around Ross got Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey and General Manager Gene Smith to commit to giving him the time off before he signed.

The women’s 400-meter final takes place on Sunday, August 5, and Ross said he plans to fly to London just in time to make sure he can be in the stadium for that.

“I won’t go until her final race,” Ross said. “I want to miss as few days as possible.”

But Ross will miss a couple days, and the Jaguars are OK with that.

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27 Responses to “Jaguars excuse Aaron Ross from training camp for wife’s Olympic run”
  1. darthvader89 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    That’s cool. He definitely picked the right moment to ask for time off.

  2. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Apr 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Wonders who runs a faster 40? I think Ross was timed 4.4 . She looks fast too.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Apr 18, 2012 5:33 PM

    Yeah … those bad old Giants paid him millions and actually expected him to earn it. What bums. But I guess they wanted to win Superbowls, and expected a high level of commitment.

    Luckily now he’s with a team where family comes first… with the Giants it was always football.

  4. mataug says: Apr 18, 2012 5:33 PM

    Could he be the first NFL skill player who is slower than his wife :)

  5. jhart615 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:34 PM

    Best of luck out there in London, Mrs. Ross!

  6. Soulman45 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:42 PM

    Good for the Jags now go get the GOLD best of luck I am pulling for you.

  7. efox2088 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:45 PM

    Awesome story… guy try to balance family, work and best effort for team, bosses who actually take actions to back up what they say, and actions that show commitment to values…………. dang, long time since I saw something like this in print.

    Olympic medal is a once in a lifetime achievement for those few who can. Can’t hide behind setting a prescident there if you let him go LOL

  8. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 18, 2012 5:48 PM

    Jags want to know if she has ever returned punts.

  9. gadgetdawg says: Apr 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    I am impressed that he cared enough to make that a part of his negotiations. Mr Ross’s head and heart were both in the right place. Kudos Aaron!

  10. legeisyaj says: Apr 18, 2012 5:53 PM

    The way it’s supposed to be.

  11. chawk12thman says: Apr 18, 2012 5:54 PM

    Good for all. Go for the Gold! Go USA!

  12. markpackman says: Apr 18, 2012 5:57 PM

    …like your job, Love your wife!

  13. nineroutsider says: Apr 18, 2012 6:08 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Apr 18, 2012 5:33 PM

    Yeah … those bad old Giants paid him millions and actually expected him to earn it. What bums. But I guess they wanted to win Superbowls, and expected a high level of commitment.

    Luckily now he’s with a team where family comes first… with the Giants it was always football.
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    This dude is the biggest loser, sitting in his NY themed undies in his mom’s basement trolling for Giants threads and young boys attracted to his name.

  14. themage78 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:11 PM

    The reason the Giants probably didn’t excuse him was because he was drafted in 2007. Would you excuse a second year player who was making 1st round money? I forget.where the 2008 Olympics were, but it was a lot farther then London

  15. swagjag says: Apr 18, 2012 6:15 PM

    @mataug. Don’t forget about Herman Moore.

  16. skin94249 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:58 PM

    Another reason to hate the Giants and Mara !

  17. granadafan says: Apr 18, 2012 7:13 PM

    I certainly hope she makes it to the finals (and wins), otherwise he will have waited for nothing. Props to the Jags for allowing Ross to go. Oddly enough, I have tickets for the women’s final. If she makes it, I will cheer extra hard for her. USA! USA! USA!

  18. amgdds says: Apr 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    Great move by the Jags. Go USA.

  19. bluemist says: Apr 18, 2012 7:24 PM

    2008 Summer Olympics were in Beijing, China.

  20. skins4seven says: Apr 18, 2012 7:27 PM

    That’s awesome. Being a skins fan I’ve hated him but, I respect him now. The nfl players that put family first aren’t praised enough.

  21. justanotherdummy says: Apr 18, 2012 7:44 PM

    Hard to rag on him for that request, it is a tremendous opportunity for her and the kind of thing that is meant to be shared with those closest to the athletes. Best of luck to Richards-Ross, just steer clear of the Marion Jones supplement program.

  22. cheapseater says: Apr 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    I forget.where the 2008 Olympics were, but it was a lot farther then London

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    G-O-O-G-L-E

    It would have taken 5 seconds to not sound like a clown. I blame your parents…

  23. vader7176 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    Im glad jenniferxxx puts money and football in front of the spouse. Maybe she could hook up with Antonio Cromarti seeing as he’s in New York too.

  24. steelbreeze676 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:21 PM

    USA!

  25. Deb says: Apr 18, 2012 10:26 PM

    jenniferxxx says:

    Yeah … those bad old Giants paid him millions and actually expected him to earn it. What bums. But I guess they wanted to win Superbowls, and expected a high level of commitment.
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    Don’t you think that’s a ridiculous overreaction to a guy wanting a couple of days off to watch his wife compete for the U.S. in the Olympics? And the Giants were clobbered by the Eagles at home in the first round of the playoffs that season. So what good did it do them to screw Ross out of seeing his wife win a medal?

  26. manuich1 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:08 PM

    Sanya RICHARDS Ross, we know who wears the pants in that marriage. I’m sure he was forced to go. I mean if you can’t get your wife to drop her maiden name and take yours that really says alot. I can smell the rebellion right through the article. I thought when you got married 2 were to become one.

  27. Deb says: Apr 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    @manich1 …

    Do you run your woolly mammoth through the car wash?

    Scary, dude.

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