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Giants CB Aaron Ross: one year in Jacksonville was a 'paid vacation'

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

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Former Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross called his one season in Jacksonville a 'nice paid vacation.' (USATSI)

Giants cornerback Aaron Ross spent the first five seasons of his career in New York, before ditching the Giants last season to sign with Jacksonville. After one season with the Jaguar, Ross is back with the Giants and well, here's his take on his one year in Jacksonville.

"It was a nice paid vacation to Florida," Ross said on the NFL Network's NFL AM show on Friday.

Ross decided to sign with Jacksonville after the Jaguars blew him away with a three-year, $15.3 million offer in March 2012, "I had to think about the family, setting us up long-term, so of course, the money comes to mind," Ross said.

Money doesn't solve everything though and that's why Ross is back in New York, "Winning is everything, man," Ross said. "It takes the joy away from you when you're losing and the only thing to get you through it are the paychecks when you're losing like that."

The Jaguars finished 2-14 last season, by far the worst record in Ross' career. During his five years in New York, Ross was apart of two Super Bowl winning teams and the Giants never finished with a record below 8-8.

"It was tough," Ross said of his one year in Jacksonville. "It was a great learning experience. I'm very happy to be back with the Giants."

To be fair to the Jaguars, one of the reasons Ross signed there -- besides the money -- was because the team allowed him to miss part of training camp so he could travel to London to watch his wife in the Olympics. The trip ended up being worth it, Sanya Richards-Ross won a gold medal in the individual 400m.

In case you're wondering, the couple does workout together -- kind of, "I haven't finished one workout yet," Ross said of training with his wife. "That's how hard her workouts are. I always go about half, three-fourths way and then I ask if she needs some water. I've become the waterboy."

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