A former NFL player who was among the quickest in history looks to be hanging up his cleats. According to NFL Media, the Kansas City Chiefs put wide receiver John Ross on the reserve/retired list on Wednesday. The 27-year-old seems to have had enough of football.
In January, the Chiefs added Ross to their wide receiving group. In fact, the Washington graduate was chosen with the ninth overall choice in the 2017 NFL Draught, one slot in front of standout quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs.
Ross will be known for beating Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, who ran a 4.24 in 2008, with a 4.22-second 40-yard sprint at the 2017 NFL Combine. Ross was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals with their first-round choice since his time is remains the quickest ever recorded.
Due to injury and being a healthy scratch, Ross participated in just three games during his first season, touching the ball just once. Ross’ greatest NFL season came in 2019, when he caught 28 catches for 506 yards and three touchdowns. In 2018, he grabbed a career-high seven scores. Ross signed with the New York Giants before the 2021 season when his rookie contract ended, and caught 11 catches for 224 yards.
In 37 career games, the speedster recorded 998 scrimmage yards and 11 total touchdowns. But he will always be known as a combine legend.