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Former Penn State Hoops Forward Ross Travis Signs With Arizona Cardinals

Former Penn State men’s basketball power forward Ross Travis’ career as a professional athlete isn’t done yet.

Travis isn’t playing hoops, however, as he’s signed a contract with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

Travis has battled for time in the NFL for six years. After not playing football since his freshman year of high school, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a tight end in 2015. He played on and off for the Chiefs, and racked up three receptions over the course of the 2016 campaign. Travis also played for the Indianapolis Colts for multiple years, including a 2018 season he spent on injured reserve after tearing his ACL.

Before his return to football, Travis played four seasons for the Nittany Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center. He was a consistent contributor for Pat Chambers’ squad over the course of those years, and even won the team’s “Scrappiest Player Award” as a freshman. The 6’7″, 235-pound forward also racked up 8.4 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior in 2013-14.

Most recently, the Nittany Lion spent the 2020 season with the New York Jets. He went back and forth from the practice to active squads, and suited up for New York’s week nine battle against the New England Patriots.

Up to this point in his football career, the Minnesota native has totaled 14 catches for 142 yards. He’ll now join former Nittany Lion Michal Menet in Arizona, who the Cardinals picked in the seventh round of this year’s draft.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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