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Sad News: Dan Ross Dead at 49

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Boston Globe Reports

"Former NFL, Northeastern tight end Ross dead at 49

May 17, 2006

HAVERHILL, Mass. --Dan Ross, a former Northeastern star who went on to set the record for the most Super Bowl receptions, has died. He was 49.

Ross collapsed at his home in Atkinson, N.H., shortly after returning from a jog Tuesday evening. He was taken to Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, where he died, the Boston Herald reported Wednesday, citing a family member.

Ross was drafted 30th overall by Cincinnati in the 1979 NFL draft and spent parts of six seasons with the Bengals. His best season came in 1981 when he set career highs with 71 catches, 910 yards and five touchdowns while helping the Bengals to their first AFC championship.

Ross made a Super Bowl-record 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' subsequent 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI. Jerry Rice and Deion Branch have since tied the mark.

Ross had a total 263 receptions for 3,204 yards and 16 TDs with the Bengals. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks and finished his career in 1986 with the Green Bay Packers. Ross played in the USFL for the New Orleans/Portland Breakers from 1984-85.

A 1979 graduate of Northeastern, Ross still holds the school record for receptions in a season with 68 and is second on the school's all-time list in both career receptions and receiving yards.

He was elected to the College Hall of Fame in 2004"

He will be missed. Ross may have been the Bengals best tight end ever. In any case, he was a good man.

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