Tennessee Titan combines forces with his former team to provide an afternoon of football at Roos Field
Current Tennessee Titan and former Eastern Washington University football player Michael Roos joined forces with the Eagle Football team last Friday (June 21) to host more than 40 members of the Spokane County Boys and Girls Club for an afternoon of football at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
The short clinic was part of the fourth Annual Michael Roos Foundation Fish & Chip weekend in the Spokane area. Eastern head football coach Beau Baldwin, assistant coach Aaron Best and EWU football players Allen Brown, T.J. Lee, Steven Forgette, John Goldwire and Ashton Clark helped provide instruction to the youth who took part.
Roos, who has spent his entire eight-year career in the National Football League with the Titans and has started 198-straight games he has played, has supported the Boys and Girls Club since the inception of the Michael Roos Foundation. The Fish & Chip includes NFL players, EWU supporters and several corporate sponsors for two days of competition featuring golf and bass fishing, as well as a special autograph signing event and dinner.
Since 2007 when the inaugural Michael Roos Foundation Dinner, Sports Auction and Poker Tournament took place at Northern Quest Casino, the organization has also provided funds and support for Special Olympics and Eastern Athletics. Roos has returned yearly to the Cheney area to host an event, including the auction/poker tournament for two years, a partnership with EWU’s Orland Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction for two more and, beginning in 2010, the Fish & Chip.
As a tribute to his giving legacy, Eastern honored Roos by retiring his jersey at EWU’s Homecoming game on Oct. 24, 2009, versus Montana State. One year later, Eastern re-named Woodward Field to “Roos Field” in 2010 upon completion of the Red Turf project that he and his wife Katherine pledged $500,000 toward.
Roos earned All-Pro honors for the Titans in 2008 and played in his first Pro Bowl in 2009. He even started that game, helping him toward a current streak of 198 consecutive starts in games he has played in dating back to his 2002 season at Eastern. He had started 190 of a possible 190 games until an appendicitis attack and subsequent surgery ended that streak in October 2012. After having his streak broken, he ended the 2012 season with eight starts. His starting streak includes 35 EWU starts, 33 preseason NFL games, 127 regular season contests, two playoff games and one Pro Bowl.
Roos came to Eastern as a tight end after graduating from Mountain View High School in 2000. After redshirting one season, he played the 2001 season on the defensive line before starting 35-straight Eagle games at left offensive tackle. As a senior in 2004, he earned five different All-America honors and was the I-AA.Org Lineman of the Year after helping Eastern to a 9-4 record and the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.
Roos played in a pair of prestigious college all-star games – the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl – and was also invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Eastern selected him to its “100 for 100” All-Time Team in 2008 and a public vote selected him as the top offensive lineman in school history.