Marvin Ross
No. 1 – Atlantic City Blackjacks
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1990-05-11) May 11, 1990 (age 30)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Trinity Christian Academy
College:Florida A&M
Career history
* Columbus Lions (20132015)
Career highlights and awards
* AFL Rookie of the Year (2016)
Career Arena statistics
Pass breakups:24
Force fumbles:2
Defensive touchdowns:3
Player stats at
Player stats at

Marvin Ross (born 5 May 1990) is an American professional indoor football defensive back for the Atlantic City Blackjacks of the Arena Football League (AFL). Before joining the Sharks in 2017, Ross played for the Columbus Lions from 2013 to 2015 and the Cleveland Gladiators in 2016. While with the Gladiators, he won the 2016 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year Award. Outside of indoor football, Ross played with the Calgary Stampeders for two games in 2017.

Early life and educationEdit

Ross was born in Jacksonville, Florida on 5 May 1990.[1] He started playing American football at Trinity Christian Academy and awarded second-team all-conference as a senior student.[2] After graduating, Ross played college football for the Florida A&M Rattlers football team from 2009 to 2012. He had a career total of 113 tackles and 14 pass breakups with Florida A&M.[3]


Ross joined the Professional Indoor Football League as a member of the Columbus Lions in 2013.[4] With the Lions, he was a member of the 2015 PIFL Cup winning team.[5] In 2016, Ross moved to the Arena Football League with the Cleveland Gladiators. During his one season with the Gladiators, Ross was named the 2016 AFL Rookie of the Year with 84 tackles and 24 pass breakups.[6]

In 2017, Ross began his National Arena League career with the Jacksonville Sharks. He appeared in six games and was a First Team All-NAL pick.[4] Ross joined the Canadian Football League in May 2017 when he was signed by the Calgary Stampeders during the team's minicamp.[7] After appearing in two season games with the Stampeders, Ross was released from the team in August 2017.[8][1] He returned to the Sharks in 2018 and selected for the First Team All-NAL. For the 2018 season, Ross had 47 tackles and 19 pass breakups.[9] On March 14, 2019, Ross was assigned to the Atlantic City Blackjacks.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Marvin Ross". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. "ARENA: Rookie of the Year Marvin Ross Signs with Sharks". Jacksonville Sports Day. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  3. "Stampeders Sign Five For Rookie Camp". 27 May 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "All-NAL Defensive Back Marvin Ross signs with Sharks". 8 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  5. Fuller, Joshua (6 July 2015). "Columbus Lions whip Richmond to win indoor football championship". Ledger-Enquirer. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  6. "Marvin Ross Named Geico Rookie Of Year". 18 August 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. "Stampeders add a handful of defenders ahead of rookie-camp". Calgary Herald. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. Austin, David (30 August 2017). "Stampeders notes: Veteran Hall among trio of cuts". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. "Three Sharks Earn First Team All-NAL Defensive Honors". 23 August 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  10. "Atlantic City Blackjacks Add Five More to Inaugural Roster". 14 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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