Best Sports Hero With a Cause

Adrian Ross

Adrian Ross
Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Adrian Ross may be retired from pro sports, but he’s now tackling an even bigger playing field: enriching the lives of local youths. Through his Maddbacker Foundation, this Elk Grove High export pours his passion into the cause, hosting an annual charity celebrity basketball game with a star-studded roster that has included everyone from NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice to rapper Master P—inspiring kids, he hopes, to follow their dreams.