Former NFL cornerback and legendary commentator Irv Cross handed away at age 81, CBS Sports activities introduced on Sunday. Cross was a commentator with CBS from 1971 to 1994.
“He was a real gentleman and trailblazer within the sports activities tv business and will likely be remembered for his accomplishments and the paths he paved for individuals who adopted,” Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports activities, stated in an announcement.
Cross was drafted by the Eagles in 1961 from Northwestern and appeared in Pro Bowls in each 1964 and 1965. He was traded to the Rams in 1966 however he would ultimately return to the Eagles in 1969, retiring that very same 12 months.
He was with CBS for twenty-four years, 14 of them as an analyst on “The NFL At present,” and was the primary Black recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award. The award was given to a member of the media by the Pro Soccer Corridor of Fame for “longtime distinctive contributions to radio and tv in skilled soccer.”
Cross died close to his house in Roseville, Minnesota, according to the Eagles. Within the launch, the Eagles stated flowers and donations could possibly be despatched in Cross’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation or the Concussion Legacy Foundation. He suffered from dementia.