Irv Cross

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Irv Cross
No. 27
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1939-07-27) July 27, 1939 (age 77)
Place of birth: Hammond, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Hammond (IN)
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 7 / Pick: 98
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Irvin Acie "Irv" Cross (born July 27, 1939) is a former professional American football cornerback and sportscaster.

Playing career[edit]

Cross played college football at Northwestern, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 1961 NFL Draft. In 1966 he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. In 1969, he returned to the Eagles and became a player/coach. He retired from play before the 1970 season, becoming a coach for the Eagles. Cross is an inductee of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.[1]

After football[edit]

Cross was employed as an analyst and commentator for CBS Sports from 1971, when he became the first African-American to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television, to 1994. In addition to his work on CBS' NFL coverage (including co-anchoring The NFL Today from its inception in 1975 through 1989), Cross called NBA basketball, track and field, and gymnastics at various times for the network. He served as athletic director at Idaho State University from 1996 to 1998.[2]

Cross was the Director of Athletics at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota until May 2006. He was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota until May 2010, and returmed to football commentary for the Twin Cities' Fox station KMSP-TV.

Irv Cross was the 2009 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award – the award, given annually by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, recognizes "long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Cross has two daughters, Susan and Lisa, from a first marriage, and two children, Matthew and Sarah, with his second wife, Elizabeth.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CROSS, IRV". Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "PLUS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL - IDAHO STATE; Irv Cross Dismissed". The New York Times. AP. November 6, 1998. 
  4. ^ Nieto, Mike (August 4, 2009). "Where Are They Now?: Hammond High grad Irv Cross to receive Pete Rozelle Radio-TV Award". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved April 10, 2017 – via 

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