Ross, 33, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1998), Philadelphia Eagles (1999), Pittsburgh Steelers (2000-04) and Arizona Cardinals (2005-07). The 6-foot-4-inch, 327-pound offensive lineman was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. Ross has played in 89 career games with 52 starts.
The Iowa State product played in two games with the Cowboys as a rookie in 1998. The next season, he was released by Dallas following the preseason and was signed by the Eagles, for whom he was listed as a gameday inactive for 15 games in 1999. He spent part of the 2000 season on the Steelers’ practice squad before seeing his first significant game action in 2001. That season, he played in all 16 games with seven starts for Pittsburgh, seeing action at tackle and guard. From 2001-04, Ross played in all 64 of Pittsburgh’s games, totaling 35 starts over that span. In 2004, he started every game for the Steelers at right tackle. Ross was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2005 season, starting 12 games while seeing action at both offensive tackle spots. He played in 11 games with five starts in 2006 before missing the entire 2007 season with a triceps injury.
Oliver Calvin Ross III was born on Sept. 27, 1974 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... Was a two-year letterman at Washington (Los Angeles, Calif.) High School ... Earned All Conference honors as a two-way tackle ... Oliver is married to Billie.
Oliver Ross was signed by the Patriots as a veteran free agent on June 2, 2008 ... Originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft ... Released by the Cowboys (9/5/99) ... Signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad (9/8/99) ... Signed to the Eagles' active roster (9/13/99) ... Released by the Eagles (8/27/00) ... Signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad (11/22/00) ... Signed to the Steelers' active roster (12/13/00) ... Signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent (3/4/05) ... Placed on the reserve/injured list (8/27/07) ... Released by the Cardinals (2/21/08).
GP/GS (Playoffs): 89/52 (6/2)
- Ross joins the Patriots in 2008 as a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1998), Philadelphia Eagles (1999), Pittsburgh Steelers (2000-04) and Arizona Cardinals (2005-07).
- From 2001-04, Ross played in all 64 of Pittsburgh's games, totaling 35 starts over that span. In 2004, Ross started every game for the Steelers at right tackle for a Steelers team that finished 15-1 and advanced to the AFC Championship game.
- Ross was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2005 season, starting 12 games while seeing action at both offensive tackle spots.
2007 (0/0 - Arizona): Placed on the reserve/injured list on Aug. 27 with a triceps injury and missed the entire 2007 season.
2006 (11/5 - Arizona): Appeared in 11 games with five starts ... Earned his first start of the season vs. St. Louis (9/24) ... Started at right tackle the next four contests ... Appeared in goal line situations as an extra blocker at Green Bay (10/29) ... Appeared on special teams at Minnesota (11/26) ... Appeared as a goal line blocker, helping Marcel Shipp score three rushing touchdowns at St. Louis (12/3).
2005 (12/12 - Arizona): Started all 12 games in which he played in his first season with the Cardinals ... Made his Cardinals debut at N.Y. Giants (9/11) in the season opener at right tackle ... Returned to the starting lineup vs. Seattle (11/6); started at right tackle for eight games after returning from a hand injury ... Started at left tackle in the season finale at Indianapolis (1/1) due to a knee injury to Leonard Davis.
2004 (16/16 - Pittsburgh): Started all 16 games for the Steelers at right tackle as Pittsburgh finished the regular season 15-1 ... Paved the way for Duce Staley's first 100- yard game of his Steelers' career at Miami (9/26) ... Helped offense produce third consecutive 100-yard rusher for the first time in two years vs. Cleveland (10/10) ... Helped pave the way for Duce Staley's fourth 100-yard game of the season and the Steelers' season-high 221 yards rushing vs. New England (10/31) ... Played a key role in the Steelers amassing more than 200 yards rushing for the second straight week and producing the fifth 100-yard game in six weeks vs. Philadelphia (11/7) ... Had another outstanding performance in the team producing a 100-yard performer for the third straight week at Cleveland (11/14) ... Helped produce a fourth-straight 100- yard performance at Cincinnati (11/21) ... Helped pave the way for Jerome Bettis' sixth 100-yard rushing performance and the offense's fifth 400-plus yards in total offense vs. Baltimore (12/26).
2003 (16/11 - Pittsburgh): Started 11 games while playing in every contest for the third straight season ... Made his first start of the season at left tackle vs. Tennessee (9/28) ... replaced Marvel Smith early in the first quarter due to Smith's shoulder injury vs. Cleveland (10/5) ... started at right tackle at Denver (10/12) ... Started for the eighth straight game and the seventh at right tackle vs. Oakland (12/7) ... Helped pave the way for the Jerome Bettis' and the Steelers' first 100-yard rushing performance of the season ... Helped pave the way for Bettis' season-high 115 yards vs. San Diego (12/21) and the Steelers' 181 yards rushing.
2002 (16/1 - Pittsburgh): Emerged as the starting right guard to begin the 2002 season but also was the first backup at right and left tackle ... started at right guard in season-opener at New England (9/9) ... Replaced an injured Marvel Smith in the second half at Jacksonville (12/1).
2001 (16/7 - Pittsburgh): Played in all 16 games and made seven starts for the Steelers ... Made his first career start for the injured right tackle Wayne Gandy vs. Baltimore (11/4) ... Made his second pro start and first at right guard for the injured Rich Tylski at Tennessee (11/25) ... Was quickly forced back to right tackle because of the injury to Marvel Smith and performed admirably ... Made his fifth start and fourth straight start at right guard for the injured Rich Tylski vs. Detroit (12/23) ... Helped lead the offense to its sixth 200-yard rushing performance of the season vs. Cleveland (1/6/02).
2001 (NFL Europe): Spent the spring of 2001 with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.
2000 (0/0 - Pittsburgh): Signed to the Steelers practice squad (11/22) and was promoted to the active roster on (12/13) ... Inactive for the final two contests of the season ... Released by the Eagles in training camp prior to the 2000 NFL season.
1999 (0/0 - Philadelphia): Released by the Cowboys (9/5) and signed to the Eagles practice squad (9/8) ... Promoted to the Eagles active roster (9/13) and was inactive for the final 15 games of the season.
1998 (2/0 - Dallas): Played two games with the Cowboys as a rookie ... Used by the Cowboys as an extra tight end in short yardage situations.
Was the starting left tackle during his senior season at Iowa State ... Made the transition from defensive line to offensive line as a junior ... Led the way for the Cyclones, who averaged 228.6 yards passing a game ... Transferred from Los Angeles Southwest Community College (CA) where he earned All- Southern California Western States Conference honors.
- Oliver hosts an annual offensive line and defensive line camp at Los Angeles Southwest College for more than 100 kids.