Good Ol' J.R.
After graduating from Bill Kinnamon's Umpire School in 1975, Oklahoma native Jim Ross began his long and successful career in sports by working the sidelines as a referee for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference. After hanging up the black and white striped shirt after 16 years, Ross worked as a color commentator for the Atlanta Falcons for one season in 1992 and was the weekly part-time host of the "Jerry Glanville Show." All that came to a halt when Ross joined up with the World Wrestling Federation and became one of the most successful commentators in its rich history. Since 1993, Ross has been a master of all trades in the Stamford, Connecticut-based company. Since joining the Federation at WrestleMania IX, he has racked up more hours behind the microphone than quite possibly anyone else in the business. From broadcasting major Pay-Per-View events and RAW on Monday nights, Ross has done it all in the Federation... and then some!