When Ross Tucker was five years old he went to his first Penn State football game. He was mesmerized: the ornate stadium, the energy of the crowd, the colorful uniforms of the players, all on the huge grass stage in front of him. A seed was planted that day – Ross Tucker decided he was going to play the game of football.
Ross was not unique in seizing on this dream. Countless American teenagers fantasize about being cheered by throngs of adoring fans. What set Ross apart was his unrelenting desire to play the game and his promise to himself to do so with no regrets. Hearing the “what ifs” of players before him, Ross decided he would never say that. He heard older players from his high school saying things like, “If I had only trained a little harder maybe I could’ve earned a scholarship or been all state” had a big impact on him. His goal was simple and that was to walk away from the game, whenever that was, saying: “I was the best I could possibly be at my favorite thing to do in the world.”
Ross also observed that the older kids who were friends with his sister made similar excuses about their academic performance. Although his passion for the books was never as strong as the one he had for football, Ross nonetheless decided to carry over the no regrets mantra into the classroom. Fast forward to the Spring of 2001. Ross graduated from Princeton University as a four year letterman for the Tigers’ football team, a two time Academic All American, and an All Ivy selection in 2000. Living his life with no regrets while establishing priorities revolving around his passion had paid off.
In March of 2008, Ross retired from the National Football League after a seven year career as an offensive lineman with the Redskins, Cowboys, Bills, Patriots, and Browns. His retirement was triggered by a neck injury that bruised his spinal cord, but his dream had been fulfilled. Passion, priorities, and preparation were the active ingredients that led to a performance Ross could be proud of forever. His playing days behind him, Ross could honestly look himself in the mirror and know that he in fact had been the best player he could possibly be.
Ross originally planned for a future in the business world after football. Understanding his football career wouldn’t last forever, Ross had interned at several companies and passed several of the tests required for jobs in financial services. Ross’ passion for football persisted, however, and he decided to give a career in broadcast media a try while on Injured Reserve with the Washington Redskins in 2007. Ross summoned the same principles of passion, priorities, and preparation once again which led to a stellar performance and a new career as a commentator.
Ross is now a year round host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, a studio analyst for both the NBC Sports Network and the YES Network, a color analyst for NFL games for Sports USA, the creator & host of the “Ross Tucker Football Podcast” and the lead NFL columnist for Sporting News. Ross’ unique combination of playing experience, humor, and intelligence have allowed him to develop into a captivating media personality.
Ross doesn’t just throw out business advice without real life experience. He is the founder and CEO of GoBigRecruiting.com a website that enables high school athletes to submit their videos and information to college coaches online and KNOW when their profile has been viewed. Founded in 2007, Go Big is the rare internet start-up that has not only survived but flourished.