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Irv Cross
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Football Player
    (July 27, 1939-February 28, 2021)
    Born in Hammond, Indiana
    Cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles (1961-65,1969) and Los Angeles Rams (1966-68)
    Two-time Pro Bowl selection (1964-65)
    Co-hosted ‘The NFL Today’ (1975-89)
    Athletic director at Idaho State University (1996-98) and Macalester College (1999-2005)
    Received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2009)
    He considered passing on the offer from the Eagles and signing with the AFL’s New York Titans because the AFL played its games on Saturday and he wanted to keep Sunday holy. He reconsidered after an Eagles scout told him the team was starting a players chapel service on Sundays.
    He teammates nicknamed him ‘Paper Head’ because of the large number of concussions he suffered.
    Although he remained a football fan throughout his life, he stopped watching the pregame shows he had pioneered, complaining that they had become too focused on the sportscasters’ personalities.
    He gave his memoirs the punning title ‘Bearing the Cross.’
    When he was ten, his mother died in childbirth.
    He was a talented enough baseball player that the Chicago White Sox expressed interest in him when he was 16.
    As a senior at Northwestern, he was captain of the football team and named the university’s Male Athlete of the Year (1960).
    He was the first African-American to be a sports analyst on a nationally televised show.
    He asked that his brain be donated to Boston University’s CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) study.

Credit: C. Fishel


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