Athlete- 2019 (2000)
A gifted athlete in multiple sports, Richie Ross earned All-Class, All-State honors in football and basketball and was the All-Class gold-medal winner in the triple jump at the State Track meet. The consensus 2000 Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year, Ross earned nine varsity letters at Lincoln High, established school single-season and career receiving records in football and set school single-season and single-game (49) scoring records on the basketball court. He signed with the University of South Dakota to play basketball, appearing in 18 games his freshman year before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney to play football, becoming an NCAA Division II All-American and record-setting receiver, catching 50 touchdown passes in 44 games. He netted 4,882 receiving yards on 279 receptions at UNK. Ross signed with the NFL’s Houston Texans, but injuries ended his professional career.