Former 1st-Round Pick John Ross Hangs Up Cleats Due to Injuries

NFL's Fastest Man John Ross Retires After Injury-Plagued Career

The Kansas City Chiefs have placed wide receiver John Ross on the reserve/retired list, according to NFL Media. The move is reportedly a formality, as Ross has been expected to retire after struggling to stay healthy throughout his NFL career.

Ross, 27, is the NFL’s all-time record holder in the 40-yard dash, having run a 4.22-second time at the 2017 NFL Combine. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the ninth overall pick that year, but he has never lived up to his potential due to injuries.

In five NFL seasons, Ross has played in just 51 games, catching 95 passes for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also missed time with injuries in each of the past four seasons.

The Chiefs signed Ross in January in an attempt to boost their receiving corps. However, he was injured in his first game with the team and never really got going. He finished the season with just 15 catches for 214 yards and no touchdowns.

Ross’ retirement is a disappointing end to a career that showed so much promise. However, it is clear that he has been unable to stay healthy enough to be a productive NFL player.

What’s Next for Ross?

It is unclear what Ross will do next. He could pursue a career in coaching or broadcasting. He could also go back to school to finish his degree.

Whatever Ross decides to do, he will always be remembered as one of the fastest players in NFL history. His 4.22-second 40-yard dash time is still the fastest on record.

Final Thoughts

John Ross was a once-promising NFL wide receiver who was derailed by injuries. His retirement is a disappointing end to his career, but he will always be remembered for his speed.

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