Cross on a 1952 Bowman football card
|No. 76, 73, 57, 78, 71, 77|
|Date of birth:||April 4, 1931|
|Place of birth:||Ranger, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Kilgore (TX)|
|College:||Stephen F. Austin State|
|NFL Draft:||1952 / Round: 9 / Pick: 104|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Robert Joe Cross (born April 4, 1931) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears, the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Chicago Cardinals. Cross also played in the American Football League for the Boston Patriots and in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, winning a Grey Cup with them in 1953. He played college football for Stephen F. Austin State University.
Cross was selected by the Chicago Bears in the ninth round (104th overall) of the 1952 NFL Draft. Although he was named a starter as a rookie at right tackle, at the end of the season he opted to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Los Angeles Rams
On May 8, 1954, while he was in the process of asking for reinstatement into the National Football League, The Bears traded him to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for defensive end Larry Brink. He was a starter at left tackle. In the 1955 NFL Championship Game, he was moved to center to replace Leon McLaughlin who was sick with mumps.
San Francisco 49ers
On November 9, 1960, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. He was a part of the franchise's inaugural season, playing in 4 games before being released on December 5.