"Robert Joseph Ross" is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina/The Citadel (1973–1977), the Maryland Terrapins football/University of Maryland, College Park (1982–1986), the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football/Georgia Institute of Technology (1987–1991), and the United States Military Academy (2004–2006), compiling a career college football record of 103–101–2. Ross was also the head coach of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers from 1992 to 1996 and the Detroit Lions from 1997 Detroit Lions season/1997 to 2000 Detroit Lions season/2000, tallying a career NFL mark of 77–68. He guided his 1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team/1990 Georgia Tech squad to the UPI College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS/national championship and coached the 1994 San Diego Chargers season/1994 San Diego Chargers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIX.More Bobby Ross on Wikipedia.
He was a very special man. He was a strong supporter of our program and he really, really cared. We're very honored to have the opportunity to wear his (uniform) number. He was a great, great player, but he was also a great, great man. We just think it's the right thing to do. Our players are pleased and excited about it.Bobby Ross