AFL Press Release

LAS VEGAS (August 15, 2016) – The Arena Football League Office announced today that Cleveland Gladiators defensive back Marvin Ross has been named GEICO Rookie of the Year.


Ross (5-11, 180, Florida A&M) had a spectacular rookie debut tallying 84.5 total tackles, 24 pass-break ups, 30 passes defended, two forced fumbles, and six interceptions.  Ross returned the six interceptions for 97 yards and three touchdowns; tying him for first in interceptions returned for touchdowns on the season.  The second consecutive defensive back to be named AFL Rookie of the Year, Ross is now the fourth defensive player in AFL history to win the award. Ross is the first Cleveland Gladiator to be named Rookie of the Year.


2016 Marvin Ross Cleveland
2015 Greg Reid Jacksonville
2014 Greg Carr Orlando
2013 Mario Urrutia Utah
2012 Jared Perry Chicago
2011 Maurice Purify Georgia
2010 Rod Windsor Arizona
2008 Donovan Morgan Chicago
2007 Brett Dietz

Charles Frederick

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Kansas City

2006 Ben Nelson San Jose
2005 Troy Bergeron Georgia
2004 Adrian McPherson Indiana
2003 Travis McGriff Orlando
2002 Clevan Thomas San Jose
2001 R-Kal Truluck Detroit
2000 Chris Jackson Los Angeles
1999 Charles Wilson Tampa Bay
1998 Oronde Gadsden Portland
1997 Cory Fleming Nashville

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