US Olympic Trials 2012: Is Sanya Richards-Ross Faster Than NFL Hubby Aaron Ross?

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJuly 3, 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 10:  Sanya Richards and boyfriend Aaron Ross arrives at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2010 at Emirates Palace Hotel on March 10, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)
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This unbelievably athletic duo fell for each other while attending college at the University of Texas, where each starred in their respective sport.

Although Aaron Ross is a top-notch NFL defensive back with two Super Bowl titles to his name, he would most likely have trouble keeping up with his wife on the track. Runner Sanya Richards-Ross has already won an Olympic medal and has aspirations for more. 

Aaron may be able to run step-for-step with the likes of Miles Austin and Andre Johnson, but Mrs. Ross is a whole different story. 

Richards-Ross made that clear a few years ago during an appearance on Jay Leno, telling the host that she is "definitely faster" than her husband. Whatever the case, I'd challenge any couple in America to take these two on in a race.

Not to mention that ever since Aaron coupled up with Sanya during their Longhorn days, he's improved his physical prowess even more. Sanya also helped him clock a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine.

“When I first met her and found out how many abs she did a day, that was crazy,” he told the Washington Post. “She got me doing my abs.”

The Rosses may not have the publicity that once surrounded married couple Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra, but perhaps they deserve more of the limelight. Not only do they bring a ton of speed to the table, both have proven to be consistent winners in their respective sports spectrum.

Aaron Ross, 29, was a first-round draft selection out of Texas in 2007. The New York Giants snagged the cornerback with the 20th overall pick, and he's had a successful career so far.

In five seasons with New York, Ross made 200 tackles and snagged 10 interceptions. In 2011, he established career highs in both categories, picking off four passes and racking up 60 tackles in his second Super Bowl campaign with the Giants.

Fortunately, he put those numbers up right before his first crack at free agency.

Ross parlayed the impressive 2011 season into a three-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars this spring. The contract could be worth over $15 million.

While that's all well and good, he doesn't exactly hold bragging rights over his wife. Richards-Ross is arguably Team USA's top female runner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The 2012 400-meter World Indoor Champion, hopes to top the bronze medal she earned in the event at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

She appears to be well on her way to doing just that.

Richards-Ross ran a 49.28 in the 400 to take top honors at the U.S. Trials. Her finish tied the meet record, which had stood untouched since 1984.

The six-time American outdoor champion will also participate in the 200 in London after placing third in the event at U.S. Trials.

If she continues on her current path, the Rosses may need a bigger collective trophy case.

Notwithstanding, Mr. Ross plays for the Jaguars now. That should effectively put the brakes on any more Super Bowl titles in the near future.