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Sports birthday

Feb. 9, 1957

Dan Ross

(died May 16, 2006)

Ross played tight end for the 1985 Portland Breakers of the United States Football League.

He was one of the Breakers' marquee players, having starred for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals.

Ross played eight NFL seasons, catching 290 passes for 3,419 yards and 19 touchdowns and helping the Bengals reach the Super Bowl at the end of the 1981 season.

He had a big run in the '81 playoffs, catching 11 total passes for 140 yards in AFC victories over Buffalo and San Diego, the latter game known as the "Freezer Bowl" because it was the coldest game ever played in the NFL.

In Super Bowl XVI, a 26-21 loss to San Francisco, he grabbed 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, the most in all three categories ever by a tight end in the Super Bowl.

Ross made the Pro Bowl in 1982 and joined the upstart USFL in 1984 as a member of the New Orleans Breakers, who moved to Portland the following season.

Ross was born in Malden, Mass., and played his college ball at Northeastern University.