He was heavily recruited by several major colleges, and accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame University. While there, the team won two national football championships. He was voted the team's Most Valuable Player and won several national awards which include the Outland Trophy, the Heisman Trophy for Defensive Lineman of the Year, the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the Robert Maxwell Trophy. Many consider him to be the most decorated college defensive football player.
Ross graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in Economics. Soon thereafter, he was the first round draft pick for the Cincinnati Bengals. Voted the team's Most Valuable Player in 1978, he continued to be a valuable asset to the 1981 AFC Championship Team when he made the most tackles by a Defensive Lineman in Superbowl history, a record which he still holds today. Being a versatile athlete, Ross held the Notre Dame Heavyweight Boxing Championship title. In 1979 he also won the NFL Boxing Championship Title. His solid power physical characteristics (6'4", 250 pounds) even won him an invitation to compete in the World's Strongest Man Contest. As the eldest son of eight children, Ross made big shoes to fill. His magnetic personality and outstanding leadership qualities were much admired by his five brothers. Together, they all excelled in sports. All six were All American in high school football. All six also played college football, with four of them progressing upward to the NFL ranks. In 1987, Ross' mother received a highly esteemed honor when she was named the very first and only NFL Mother of the Year.
A man of immense character, Ross' approachability and communication skills have kept him in the spotlight. Through his Sports Entertainment Company, Browner Productions, Inc., he produces an Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, for which he has received much acclaim. Aside from coaching Middle School Football, he also hosts Youth Football Camps. He has been a very interesting subject for media interviews, which include Sports Illustrated, NFL Films, "Good Morning America," and even the "Bob Hope Special." Maintaining his popularity as a guest speaker to professional organizations, social agencies, youth groups and schools, Ross was also chosen to represent Sports Illustrated at the Superbowl. Most recently he was called on to analyze Notre Dame football and write a monthly sports column that he penned for three years for IrishToday.com, an internet magazine.
In 1998 his hometown honored him and inducted him into the Warren, Ohio Hall of Fame. Shortly thereafter, he was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame. Then, in 1999 Ross was inducted into the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame. A winning personality, outstanding talent and zealous commitment cause Ross Browner to anticipate even greater opportunities to which he can dedicate himself in the promising future.