All-Pro Season for Michael Roos is One of Big Sky’s Top Moments
An All-Pro with the Tennessee Titans in 2008, the former Eagle has started every game he’s played since 2002
His streak has continued for more than 10 years now, and on Thursday (Nov. 7), former Eastern Washington University football player Michael Roos and his All-Pro performance in 2008 for the Tennessee Titans was recognized as one of the top 50 moments in Big Sky Conference History.
Roos and former Idaho State defensive lineman Jared Allen were both All-Pro in 2008, and that achievement was selected as No. 30 on the league’s list of top moments in the 50-year history of the league.
Roos played for the Eagles from 2001-2004, including his last three seasons as an offensive lineman when he started 35-straight games for the EWU. All he has done since then is start all 175 NFL games he has played in in the last eight-plus seasons for the Titans, including 135 regular season games, 37 preseason contests, two playoff games and the Pro Bowl in February of 2009.
Thus, since 2002, Roos has started all 210 football games he has played. He had started 190 of a possible 190 games until an appendicitis attack and subsequent surgery ended that streak in October of 2012.
Roos came to Eastern as a tight end after graduating from Mountain View High School in 2000. 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. He then became the highest draft choice in school history when Tennessee selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
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. In addition, Eastern honored Roos by retiring his jersey at EWU’s Homecoming game on Oct. 24, 2009, versus Montana State. And as a tribute to his giving legacy, Eastern re-named Woodward Field to “Roos Field” in fall 2010 upon completion of the Red Turf project that he and his wife Katherine pledged $500,000 toward.
This Saturday (Nov. 9), Roos Field is site of the biggest Big Sky Conference game in school history for the Eagles when the No. 3 ranked Eagles host No. 4 Montana State. It’s the first time since 1994 two Big Sky teams ranked in the top five have met in a league game.
Big Sky Celebrates Men’s, Women’s Anniversaries
After 50 years of competition, the Big Sky Conference has begun a year-long journey celebrating the league’s success both on and off the playing field by honoring 50 years of men’s athletics and 25 years of women’s athletics.
The 50th anniversary will celebrate the all-time individuals, teams and moments in the Big Sky’s history, including the selection of the league’s Top 50 male student-athletes and the top 25 female student-athletes.Along with the lists, the league will unveil the most memorable moments for both men’s and women’s competition.
For links to stories of the Top 50 Male Athletes and Top 50 Men’s Moments revealed thus far, go to: http://www.bigskyconf.com Here are EWU’s choices thus far:
Top 50 Athletes
#37 J.C. Sherritt (2007-08-09-10) - ‘10 Buchanan Award Winner
#39 Greg Peach (2005-06-07-08) - ‘08 Buchanan Award Winner
#47 Matt Nichols (2006-07-08-09) - EWU & Big Sky record 12,616 career yards and 96 touchdowns
Top 50 Moments
#30 Former Eagle offensive tackle Michael Roos and former Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen were both honored on the as NFL All-Pro selections in 2008.
#34 Former Eagle Rodney Stuckey scoring 40 points against the Chicago Bulls in a 104-98 victory on Dec. 23, 2008.
#37 EWU 2013 Comeback vs. Sam Houston State, a 45-42 loss in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs after trailing 35-0 at halftime
#42 Bashir Levingston’s 3 Kickoff Returns for TD vs. Sacramento State in 1998