Fruitland native and NFL All-Pro offensive lineman Jordan Gross has decided to call it a career. He is expected to announce his retirement on Wednesday.
Gross was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 8th selection in the 2003 NFL draft. He helped the Panthers get to a Super Bowl in his rookie season. In his 11 years with Carolina, Gross was named All-Pro three times.
Perhaps more impressive than the accolades was the consistency of the former Fruitland Grizzly. In 167 appearances, Gross started every game that he played in. He only missed nine games in his career due to injury.