Former Jags CB Aaron Ross apologizes for vacation comment

4/7/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Jacksonville Jaguars fan base has found nothing amusing in the last two seasons’ losing records. But despite his brief stint in Jacksonville, former Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross judged they could take a joke after the franchise signed him to a three-year, $9.75 million contract in 2012, only let go Ross following a disappointing season.
 
“It was a great experience, a great learning experience,” Aaron Ross said of his single season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. “I don’t regret the decision I made. It was a nice paid vacation to Florida, so I definitely wouldn’t take back the decision. I definitely wouldn’t.”
 
As it turns out the Jacksonville Jaguars could not digest Aaron Ross’ remarks after a year in which he started only nine games and had zero sacks as well as interceptions while the team finished 2-10 last season. So after a public outcry, Aaron Ross released a new statement apologizing to the Jacksonville Jaguars and their fans, as well as to clarify on his comments.
 
“Jacksonville treated me and my wife with the utmost respect and I really appreciated what they did for me and did for us,” said Aaron Ross. “The only reason I said the vacation thing is because it was such a short turnaround for me to (come) back home with the Giants, it felt like (being away on) a vacation.
 
“I definitely didn’t mean any harm to Jacksonville city or the fans or disrespect to the organization. I have the utmost respect for that organization,” continued Aaron Ross. “If I had to make the decision again, I would definitely (sign that free agent deal with) Jacksonville.”
 
Most fans were particularly hurting after the Jacksonville Jaguars emerged as the only team at the time of signing that allowed Aaron Ross to miss training camp so as to watch his wife at the London Olympics.
 
“I really apologize if Jag nation took offense to it,” clarified Aaron Ross. ““I didn’t mean literally on vacation as far as not working hard or taking advantage of the Jacksonville nation.”
 
“I loved the opportunity that they gave me, they gave me a second chance to live my dream,” added Aaron Ross. “They accepted me and my wife (Sanya Richards-Ross) with open arms and they were a fun crowd to be around and the organization was first class and treated us really nice.”
 
Aaron Ross re-signed with the New York Giants only to a one-year deal during free agency, after winning two Super Bowls in his previous five-year stint with the team, who also originally picked him in the first-round of the 2007 NFL draft. But since Aaron Ross has lost his starting job with the New York Giants. Considering Aaron is aiming for a comeback season in 2013 and even took a pay cut to return with the New York Giants, he’d be expected to avoid such controversies that could drive away interested teams during next year’s free agency.
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