WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover High and ECU alum Jay Ross will return to the football sideline this summer as the head coach of the Wilmington Tigers semi-pro football team. Ross will replace Gilbert Wallace as head coach. The season for the Tigers typically runs from mid July through September. Home games are held at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. A news conference will be held on Friday to formally introduce Ross as the new head coach.
The Buffalo Bills released Ross from their 53-man roster in October. Ross has been in and out of the NFL the last few seasons, mainly as a practice squad player
The Wilmington resident played for Buffalo in 2012 and 2013. The defensive tackle was released by the Green Bay Packers prior to the start of the 2011 NFL regular season. The Wilmington resident spent the majority of the 2010 NFL season as a member of the practice squad for the Green Bay Packers. In fact he earned a Super Bowl ring after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers for the title. Ross was a member of the New Orleans Saints prior to his tenure with Green Bay. Jay Ross has been fortunate enough to travel to the White House twice to meet President Barack Obama, once with Green Bay and once with New Orleans shortly after the joining the Saints.
The New Hanover High alum holds an annual free football camp at the Martin Luther King center in Wilmington every summer. He's done that every year since graduating from East Carolina. Ross says while the drills at the camp are about footwork and football, he hopes the lessons the kids learn help them on and off the field. "A lot of these kids out here, I'm teaching them how to grow up and be men,” Ross said. “I'm telling them to be positive and listen to their teachers, do good in school and listen to their parents. Because, believe it or not, a lot of them don't have male figures in their lives."
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