He was 81.
The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of Irv Cross.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 1, 2021
Cross spent nine seasons in the league from 1961-69, first with the Eagles after they picked him up in the seventh round of the 1961 draft. Cross played his first five seasons in the NFL with the Eagles before a brief three-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams starting in 1966. He then returned to Philadelphia for one final season before retiring in 1969.
Cross racked up 22 total interceptions and recovered 11 fumbles throughout his career, and earned Pro Bowl nods in 1964 and 1965.
Cross made the jump to CBS Sports in 1971 as an NFL analyst, and joined "The NFL Today" pregame show with Brent Musburger, Phyllis George and Jimmy Snyder just four years later. Cross was the first Black network sports show anchor, another historic first for the show — as George was the first woman to do so, too.
"I've been around all kinds of people, from every walk of life. I don't know that I could give you one person who was nicer than Irv Cross,” Musburger said, via the Eagles. “He was a constant gentleman.”
Cross was on the pregame show for 14 years and with CBS for 23. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as the Pete Rozelle Award recipient in 2009.
The CBS Sports family mourns the passing of Irv Cross. pic.twitter.com/BxYz8s5xmq
— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) March 1, 2021
Cross later worked as the athletic director at both Idaho State and Macalester College, and worked as the executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Minnesota and Love Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Liz, and their four children.
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