Cody Gross played quarterback and free safety for Lauderdale County High School, leading his teams to three playoff appearances. During his senior season, he rushed for 1,205 yards, including 22 TD's, and passed for 872 yards, including 9 TD's. He made 9 interceptions and 45 tackles. He was also a standout basketball player, earning all-county and all-area honors in all three sports. He was the Alabama Class 3A Player of the Year in 1991. At the University of North Alabama he had a 41-2 record as a starting quarterback. He led UNA to 3 consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships. He had 65 career touchdowns, a school career record. He was inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame and UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named to the Gulf South Conference Team of the Decade for the 1990's and GSC Team of the Quarter Century (1971-1995).