Like many other Americans, Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross will be spending a little bit of his summer on the other side of the Atlantic.
Unlike most of the other tourists making their way to the Eiffel Tower, the Danube or an all-night rave in Ibiza, Ross will be missing time from training camp to do it. When Ross signed with the Jaguars, he asked the team for permission to miss some of camp in order to watch his wife run in the Summer Olympics. Sanya Richards-Ross won the 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend, paving her way to a second straight Olympics where she will try to improve on 2008’s bronze medal in the event.
Ross wasn’t there to watch his wife that time because the Giants refused to grant his request for some time off even though he assured Tom Coughlin that he would arrive at the airport five hours early for his flights. Ross plans to miss as little camp as possible and will only make the trip to London to check out the final while skipping all of the other heats. Richards-Ross is also trying to qualify in the 200 meters and a successful attempt could potentially have further impact on the cornerback’s travel plans.
As of now, Ross will be the only current NFL player heading to London. Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price’s wife failed to qualify in the hurdles and Jets center Nick Mangold has passed on an offer from Rex Ryan to watch his sister Holley in the weightlifting competition.