[size=18px]Former Cincinnati tight end Ross dies at 49 [/size]

UNION-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES
May 18, 2006


Dan Ross, who set the record for receptions in a single Super Bowl with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1982, collapsed and died shortly after an evening jog. He was 49.

The former tight end was stricken at his home in Atkinson, N.H., after returning from a jog Tuesday, according to a release posted by Northeastern University Sports Information Director Jack Grinold. Ross was taken to Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass., where he died.

Ross, who starred for Northeastern and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, was drafted 30th overall by Cincinnati in 1979 and spent parts of six seasons with the team. His best season came in 1981, when he set career highs with 71 catches for 910 yards and five touchdowns while helping the Bengals to their first AFC championship.

Ross made a Super Bowl-record 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in January 1982. Jerry Rice and Deion Branch have since tied the mark.

Ross also played for the Seattle Seahawks and finished his career in 1986 with the Green Bay Packers.

Former Cincinnati tight end Ross dies at 49