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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – It wasn’t quite the first season LaKendrick Ross hoped for, but it was a start. With only two seasons of football under his belt, one at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth and one at Virginia University of Lynchburg, Ross spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, but failed to make the 53-man roster.
On Monday, he signed a new 2-year contract with the Washington Redskins.
“It’s an opportunity I have to make a living, to succeed, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get there and start working,” said Ross on Monday, right after signing the contract at the WAVY-TV studios.
The 6-foot-4, 350 pound defensive tackle from Portsmouth wise widely considered the strongest player on the Bengals roster, but lacked the technique of the other seasoned players. “They can set it up and just throw you to the ground, because all your momentum is coming toward you,” said Ross.
He says he feels “almost 100 percent confident” that he’s ready to tackle the next challenge. “I’m more than ready for this next opportunity in Washington,” said Ross, “My goal is to make plays, work as hard as I possibly can, and let my story close itself out.”
Having lost his mother at age 12 and with no real place to call home throughout his childhood, his story certainly has a harsh beginning. But if he has anything to say about it, his story is far from over.