On Thursday, the Jacksonville Sharks announced that the team signed All-NAL defensive back Marvin Ross for the 2018 season.
Ross (5’11”, 180 lbs.) joined Jacksonville at the beginning of the 2017 season, playing in six games before going to the Canadian Football League to play for the Calgary Stampeders, where he played two games.
As a Shark, Ross registered 22 tackles, intercepted eight passes, and broke up two more on defense. On special teams, Ross also returned six kicks for 140 yards and a touchdown. Despite not playing a full season for his hometown team, Ross earned First Team All-NAL honors, won defensive player of the week twice, and finished second in the league in interceptions with eight (Rodney Hall led the league with 10).
Ross is no stranger to indoor football, as he spent three seasons with the Columbus Lions before going to the Cleveland Gladiators in 2016. In Cleveland, he tallied 84 tackles, broke up 24 passes, intercepted six more, and forced two fumbles. His performance helped him garner AFL’s Rookie of the Year award.
Ross, a Jacksonville native, played at Trinity Christian Academy before going to Florida A&M University. In four years as a Rattler, he totaled 113 tackles, 14 pass breakups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Jacksonville is coming off of a win over the Lions in the National Arena League championship game back in July. They will be hoping that with Ross, it will be an easier path to repeating in 2018.