CINCINNATI, OH (WAVY) – Sitting by his locker, wearing a Cincinnati Bengals hat following practice, LaKendrick Ross told a gathering of reporters how he was playing the video game “Madden” the other day, and was controlling Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
“He’s on my team!” said Ross with a big smile, “This is crazy. It’s a dream come true.”
Ross is battling right along side Atkins for a spot on the Cincinnati Bengals’ 52-man roster. He feels like he has the size and strength, but still needs the NFL technique.
His story has caught on with some of the Bengals’ managers and staff members. Ross lost his mother to a heart attack at 12 years old, and lived in 10 group homes up and down the east coast before finally settling with a foster family in Chesaepake. He played just one season of high school football at I.C. Norcom in Portsmouth.
The Bengals signed Ross as an undrafted free-agent, even though he has just one season of college football at Virginia University of Lynchburg under his belt. Still, it’s enough for Ross to maybe be the underdog story of training camp.
“(The trainers) always express how much they’re behind me, and they hope I make it. They just give me a lot of motivation,” said Ross.