John Ross was one of the first great wide receivers in Rocket history. He was named first-team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC as a senior in 1974 when he led the league with 77 receptions for 866 yards. Those marks still rank fifth and eighth, respectively, on UT's all-time season list. Ross also ranks ninth on UT's all-time list in career receptions with 124. As a junior, Ross set a then-school record for catches in a single game with 14 in 1973, a record that stood for 30 years until it was broken by Lance Moore in 2003. During his senior season in 1974, Ross played in the Blue-Gray Senior Game where he caught six passes. He also played in the Ohio Shrine Bowl. Ross coached high school football for many years at Sylvania Southview and Sylvania Northview high schools.