Scott Ross Former USC, El Toro linebacker dies

Scott Ross Former USC, El Toro linebacker dies

Former USC All-American inside linebacker Scott Ross, a member of three Trojan Rose Bowl teams, died on Sunday (Sept. 21) of heart failure in Lafayette, La. He was 45.

Deputies say the discovery was made on E. Broussard Road Sunday morning. There were no signs of foul play, and Ross was inside the vehicle with the doors locked. The Lafayette Coroner’s office says they believe Ross died of natural causes.

Scott Ross was among a group of former NFL players that filed a suit against the league after suffering from head trauma. Ross played with the New Orleans Saints in 1991, and prior to that, played in college at USC. The lawsuit said Ross had severe memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition caused by repetitive sub-concussive and/or concussive blows to the head.

Jamie W. Brown