Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2007
Senator Debbe Leftwich congratulates Aaron Ross on the
Senate Honors 2006 Jim Thorpe Award Winner
2006 Jim Thorpe Award winner Aaron Ross, of the University
of Texas, was honored on the floor of the state Senate on Monday.
The Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 5, recognizing
and commending the standout defensive back.
As a senior, Ross was tabbed first-team All American by the Walter
Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of
America and was selected first-team all Big 12. Ross was also chosen
as the University of Texas Defensive MVP.
Sen. Debbe Leftwich, author of Senate Resolution 5, said Ross
was a worthy honoree who exemplified excellence both on the field
“As a member of the 2005 national championship Longhorn
team, Ross stood apart as one of the most important players on the
nation’s best team,” said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City.
“In 2006, he continued to perform at an elite level and there
was little question he deserved this honor as the nation’s
top defensive back. Additionally, his active participation in the
University of Texas community service program distinguishes him
as an exemplary student athlete.”
In 2006, Ross accumulated 80 tackles, five interceptions and fifteen
pass-breakups. Ross was at his best against the most challenging
competition, recording 20 tackles, two interceptions, forcing a
fumble and returning a fumble for a touchdown against top-25-ranked
opposition. Ross was also one of the top punt return specialists
in the nation.
Over three seasons, he returned 74 punts for 894 yards and three
touchdowns for an average of 12.1 yards per attempt. In 2006, he
became only the second Longhorn player in University of Texas football
history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same season.
“Aaron dedicated his senior season to his mother, who provided
him with encouragement and advice in difficult times,” Leftwich
said. “This is just another example of the high character
displayed by Ross throughout his college career. I commend Aaron
Ross on his fine performance this season, and wish him the best
as he moves on to start his professional career,” Leftwich
Ross becomes the second consecutive Texas Longhorn to be honored
with the Thorpe award, following Michael Huff in 2005.
For more information contact:
Senator Leftwich's Office - (405) 521-5557