Frank Cornish

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Frank Cornish
No. 63, 68
Position: Center
Personal information
Born: (1967-09-24)September 24, 1967
Chicago, Illinois
Died: August 22, 2008(2008-08-22) (aged 40)
Southlake, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school: Chicago (IL) Mount Carmel
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 6 / Pick: 143
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 69
Games Started: 21
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Frank Edgar Cornish IV (September 24, 1967 – August 22, 2008) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at UCLA and was selected in the sixth round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Cornish attended Chicago's Mount Carmel High School where he played at a middle linebacker as a freshman. The next year, he was moved to the defensive line and eventually to the offensive line.[1]

He accepted a scholarship to play for the University of California, Los Angeles. As a redshirt freshman he became a starter at guard for the last four games of the 1986 season, after Jim Alexander fractured his hand. The next year, he was named the starting center.[2] He was a three-year starter (35 games) at center and was voted the team’s offensive MVP in 1989.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Cornish was selected in the sixth round (143rd overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games at center as a rookie. The next year, he suffered a sprained ankle in minicamp, that allowed Courtney Hall to pass him on the depth chart and he was relegated to a backup role.[3]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)[edit]

On April 1, 1992, the Dallas Cowboys signed him as a Plan B free agent.[4] In Super Bowl XXVII, Cornish and his father became the first father-son combination to have appeared in a Super Bowl (his father played in Super Bowl VI).[5]

In 1993, starting center Mark Stepnoski suffered a knee injury in the 13th game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings that required surgery. Cornish replaced him in three games, until he was passed on the depth chart by John Gesek for the Playoffs and Super Bowl XXVIII.[6]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On July 11, 1994, he was signed to a one-year contract by the Minnesota Vikings.[7] He played sparingly and saw time as a long snapper.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)[edit]

On November 21, 1994, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to provide depth on the offensive line.[8]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On August 5, 1995, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their inaugural season.[9] After being allowed to carry 56 players during the first three games of the season, the team was forced to reduce its roster to 53 on September 18 and released Cornish who only played on special teams.[10]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On November 21, 1995, he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.[11] He wasn't re-signed after the season.

Personal life[edit]

Cornish died of heart disease in his sleep at his home on August 22, 2008. Cornish lived in Southlake, Texas (near Dallas) with his wife Robin, who is a registered nurse in the Dallas area, and their five children (three daughters and two sons).[12] His father Frank Cornish, Jr. played in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins and the Chicago Bears.


  1. ^ "Ex-mt. Carmel Player Cornish Has Super Time With Cowboys". Chicago Tribune. January 26, 1993. 
  2. ^ Dodds, Tracy (November 20, 1987). "BATTLE FOR THE ROSE BOWL : UCLA vs. USC : UCLA CENTER FRANK CORNISH : He Fills the Bill to the Letter". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Drooz, Alan (November 7, 1991). "Cornish Probably Back in Lineup After Injury to Hall". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys sign Cornish, but lose Hendrix". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dorsett's son to make history in Super Bowl". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gesek to start at center". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Willis, George (November 22, 1994). "PRO FOOTBALL; Cowboys May Wish Upon a Quarterback". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Jaguars sign Cornish and Thomas". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Frustration growing for winless Jaguars". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ "PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : NFC : 49ers Make Up After Near-Fight". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Former Cowboys lineman Cornish dies". AP. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 2016-08-24.