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Sanya Richards-Ross' Husband Aaron's NFL Career: A Timeline

The RHOA cast member has gold medals to her name while her husband has multiple Super Bowl victories.  

By Sophie Vilensky

A champion on both the football field and The Real Housewives of Atlanta screen? That's Aaron Ross.

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When fans first met Housewife Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband, Aaron (she lovingly calls him by his last name, "Ross"), on RHOA Season 14 Episode 1, they were introduced by Drew Sidora prior to a group training session at the gym.

"[Sanya is] a four-time gold Olympic medalist sprinter, and Aaron Ross is her husband. [He's a] two-time Super Bowl champion," Drew shared. "I feel like they're either the best or the worst people to hit the gym with."

Both outstanding athletes, Sanya and Ross' lengthy relationship has a winning streak of its own. The pair have been married since 2010 and were together for seven years before that.

"Ross and I met in the cafeteria at the University of Texas," Sanya explained in the same episode. "I called him over, because I always know what I want, and we were inseparable after that."

Scroll to learn all about cornerback Aaron Ross' NFL career after his time at UT—stats included.

Aaron's Ross' high school football career

A Texas native, the sports star began his football career at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas before transferring to Fox Tech High School in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his professional career as a cornerback, he played as both a wide receiver and a running back.

Aaron Ross' college football career at UT Austin

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Ross attended the University of Texas at Austin from 2002 until 2006, which is also where he met the woman who would become his wife. He also played some great football there: His team won the 2005 NCAA Division 1-A National Championship, their first victory since 1970.

During his time with the Texas Longhorns, Ross played 51 games, ending his tenure by winning the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award, which named him the nation's top collegiate defensive back.

"I just feel unbelievably blessed to have won the Thorpe Award," said Ross in a press release at the time. "I'm overwhelmed. It's such a great honor that is named after the greatest athlete of all time and has been won by so many great players. I can't begin to say how humbling it is to join such a prestigious group."

Aaron Ross was drafted by the Giants and won two Super Bowls

Image of Aaron Ross as a NY Giant

Ross was chosen by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was drafted 20th overall.

Following the 2007 draft, Ross helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots in 2008. In 2011, he helped bring the team to victory over the Patriots once again, this time in Super Bowl XLVI.

"A lot of things turn me on about my husband," said Sanya in a RHOA Season 14 Episode 5 interview. "But that night when he won the Super Bowl, honey? Ooh."

Aaron Ross joined the Jacksonville Jaguars

Aaron Ross of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on from the sideline during an NFL game

During the March free agency period in 2012, Ross signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a three-year, $15 million contract. However, he was released in March 2013 after one season.

Aaron Ross re-joined the Giants

Aaron Ross During a giants NFL game

Days after he was released from his Jaguars contract, Ross returned to the Giants. However, his season ended early in October 2013 when he sustained a back injury.

Aaron Ross then went to the Baltimore Ravens

Ready to get back on the field, Ross signed with the Ravens in 2014. However, he was injured again (this time tearing his Achilles tendon) during training camp.

Aaron Ross ended his career with the Cleveland Browns

After joining the Cleveland Browns for the 2015 season, Ross was released during standard cuts as the team narrowed itself down to a standard 75-person roster.

Aaron Ross's NFL Stats

According to his profile on, Ross was 6' tall and weighed 190 pounds. His arm length is 32 1/2" and hand span is 9". Throughout his football career, he had 250 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 41 pass deflections, 11 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns.

Aaron Ross's post-football career

Having spent plenty plenty of time being chauffeured around in his NFL days, Ross took what he learned and opened his own business, Ross Elite Chauffeur Service, in 2016. The company services major cities including Austin, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles.

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Ross started a new chapter of his career as an Atlanta Househusband in 2022. During a Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen bartending appearance in June 2022, he opened up about appearing on the show.

“I’m just here to support my wife,” the athlete shared. “That’s it.”

Watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo Sundays at 8/7c beginning May 7, and the next day on Peacock. Catch up on past seasons on Peacock (Seasons 1 through 14) and the Bravo app (Season 14).

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