Ex-Rutgers University football player Razohnn Gross given second chance as wrestler
A former Rutgers University football player who is facing assault charges is playing for the university once again -- this time as a wrestler.
Razohnn Gross was kicked off the football team after he and several other players allegedly got involved in a fight that left a man with serious injuries. He was also suspended from the school for a time.
"I made a bad decision. Everybody makes bad decisions sometimes, you know, young and dumb," Gross says.
Gross used to wrestle in high school, but came to Rutgers to play football. He was given a second chance to play sports by the Rutgers wrestling coach who recognized his talents.
"I believe in second chances. If I wanna take a chance on a kid that's on me," says coach Scott Goodale.
Gross had not wrestled for three years. While he was a high school state champion, Rutgers wrestling team is a nationally ranked Big 10 team.
"College wrestling is different than high school. I learned that very quick," Gross says. "I put my head down and I come in here and work every day."
Goodale says one of the reasons he recruited Gross is because heavyweights are hard to find. Goodale's faith in his new wrestler was recently rewarded when Gross helped lead Rutgers to a win over Illinois.
Since his suspension Gross got a job working overnight unloading UPS trucks. He says wrestling and the job have helped change him.
"I try not to think about what was in the past. I mean it happened two years ago," he says. "I became a so much better person since that situation."
Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs calls Gross a great comeback story.
Gross is on three years' probation after joining a pre-trial program for first-time offenders. If he stays out of trouble, the assault charge will be expunged from his record.