Feb. 14, 2007
Michael Roos has been pretty good at "starting" on the football field in recent years. Now, he gets his opportunity to start something just as impressive for the benefit of local charities and his alma mater.
The former Eastern Washington University football player and current Tennessee Titan will be back in the area on March 10 to host the The Michael Roos Foundation Dinner, Sports Auction and Poker Tournament at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Casino (N. 100 Hayford Road in Airway Heights, Wash.).
Roos started his final 35 games at left offensive tackle for the Eagles before becoming the highest draft choice in school history when he was taken in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Since then, he has started 32-consecutive regular season games for Tennessee, in addition to eight preseason games, giving him a current streak of 75-straight starts.
Here is a list of current and former NFL players expected to attend, including former Eastern Washington players Tom Ackerman, Eric Kimble, Jeff Ogden and Kurt Schulz:
Michael Roos (host) - Tennessee Titans
Kenny Easley (special guest) - Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor Inductee
Tom Ackerman - New Orleans Saints/Tennessee Titans
Steve Emtman - Indianapolis Colts/Miami Dolphins/Washington Redskins
Eric Kimble - Miami Dolphins
Rien Long - Tennessee Titans
Benji Olson - Tennessee Titans
Jeff Ogden - Dallas Cowboys/Miami Dolphins/Baltimore Ravens
Kurt Schulz - Buffalo Bills/Detroit Lions
James Sims - New York Giants
Peter Sirmon - Tennessee Titans
Tickets are $50 per person or a table of eight for $400. Patron tickets, which include a special gift, are $100 each. Donations to the Foundation are also being accepted.
The evening will begin with a silent auction containing unique sports memorabilia, with dinner served at 7:30 p.m. A live auction starts at 7:45 p.m. followed by a Tennessee hold-`em poker tournament beginning at 9 p.m. Each table will have a celebrity playing, with prizes awarded to the top finishers. The entry fee for the Poker Tournament is $50 per person and guests are welcome to watch the action at the tables.
Auction items include autographed memorabilia, golf vacations and a special two-night, all-expenses paid trip for four to Nashville. The recipients of the Nashville trip will stay in the same hotel as the Titans, watch a Titans game from the team's family section and, after the game, Roos will show the recipients some of his favorite Nashville sites.
For more information, or to reserve seats, call 800-326-3031. Proceeds benefit the Michael Roos Foundation, which supports local non-profit organizations, including the EWU football program.
Proceeds benefit the Michael Roos Foundation, which supports local non-profit organizations, including the EWU football program.
More on Michael Roos . . .
Tennessee Titans: Roos has helped the Titans go from a 4-12 record to an 8-8 mark in 2006 and just missing the playoffs. After starting all 16 games as a rookie last season at right tackle, Roos moved over to left tackle when 13 year-veteran Brad Hopkins retired in the off-season. Roos started all 16 games at left tackle this season helping the rushing attack rank third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with 2,214 rushing yards, while posting a franchise record 4.7-average yards per carry for the season. Roos also helped pave the way for running back Travis Henry to rush for 1,211 yards and Vince Young to become the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to exceed 500 rushing yards.
EWU in 2004: Was selected by I-AA.org as its first-ever Lineman of the Year. Earned first team All-America honors by both the American Football Coaches Association and The Sports Network, and was a second team All-America pick by Associated Press. He was selected to play in both the Senior Bowl (Jan. 29) and East West Shrine Game (Jan. 15), and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. He was a unanimous choice for first team All-Big Sky Conference honors as selected by the league's head coaches. He started all 13 games at left offensive tackle, bringing his total number of consecutive starts to 35 at that position. He helped Eastern average 475.5 yards of offense per game to rank fourth in I-AA, as well as an average of 37.5 points per game to rank sixth. The Eagles averaged 291.1 yards per game through the air to rank eighth nationally, and Eastern was third in I-AA in passing efficiency (162.37) and 33rd in rushing offense (184.4). Most importantly, Eastern won nine of its last 11 games to finish 9-4 and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. He has already completed requirements toward his bachelor's degree, and coincidentally, he was the first EWU graduate to be introduced and receive a diploma at the commencement ceremony in June 2004 at the Spokane Arena.
EWU in 2003: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors as an offensive tackle. Started all 11 games at left tackle for the second-straight season. He is one of three starters returning in 2004 from an offensive line that helped the Eagles rank 29th in I-AA and fourth in the Big Sky with an average of 31.27 points per game in 2003. Eastern's offense finished 47th nationally and third in the conference with an average of 380.0 yards per game, and was 21st in I-AA and third in the conference in passing offense with an average of 247.3 yards per game.
EWU in 2002: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors as an offensive tackle. Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started all 11 games at left tackle along an offensive line that used eight different starters during the season.
EWU in 2001: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started versus Weber State (9/22/01) at right end and Northern Arizona (11/3/01) at right tackle. He had a big day -- particularly in the fourth quarter -- for the Eagles in their 63-35 win over Cal State Northridge (10/27/01). He had seven tackles, including a fourth-quarter sack that resulted in a fumble recovered by teammate Luke Vincent at the Matador 25-yard line. Later in the quarter, Roos recovered a fumble at the Eagle 48 that was forced by Brandon Moore on another sack, and those two players combined on yet another sack shortly thereafter. Roos, who was selected as the team's Defensive Player of the Week, also saw action as a tight end. He started the day's scoring barrage with a 2-yard touchdown catch -- his only catch of the season -- in the first quarter. He finished the season with 17 tackles, including 1 1/2 sacks and three total tackles for losses (19 yards). He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
EWU in 2000: Redshirted. Was selected as the team's offensive scout team player of the week once.
High School: Graduated from Mountain View HS in 2000. He played football for the first time when he was a high school senior. Selected to the second team All-Greater St. Helens League squad as a tight end. Caught 18 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns, with a long of 66 yards. On defense he had 40 tackles, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two sacks. He was also an All-Greater St. Helens League selection as a basketball player. Earned scholar-athlete honors three times in basketball, twice in track and once in football. He was an outstanding student in high school as well.
Personal: Born 10/5/82 in Tallin, Estonia. He has lived in the United States since 1992 when his mother moved his family from Estonia to Vancouver, Wash. Double major at EWU in finance and economics.