Bearing the Cross: My Inspiring Journey from Poverty to the NFL and Sports Television

Bearing the Cross: My Inspiring Journey from Poverty to the NFL and Sports Television


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Born into poverty in Hammond, Indiana, not much was expected from Irvin Acie Cross. But with much hard work and dedication, he put together one of the most incredible life stories imaginable.

After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1961 out of Northwestern University, Cross went on to have a nine-year career in the NFL, appearing in two Pro Bowls. After retiring, he joined the Eagles as a coach, and remained so until 1971 when a rare opportunity came along.

Without any national TV experience, Cross was hired by CBS Sports as an analyst and commentator, becoming the first African American to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television. He then joined NFL Today in 1975 with Brent Musburger, former Miss America Phyllis George, and sports bookie Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, and the show would go on to win thirteen Emmy Awards that first year.

Throughout his life, Irv Cross has shown off his signature smile. With his strong spiritual belief, he has accomplished more than most people could ever dream of. His hard work and dedication have led him on a storied journey, and in 2009 he was awarded the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bearing the Cross is Irv at his finest. From childhood to retirement, he shares an incredible life; the friends he’s made, the people he’s helped, and the lives he’s changed. With help from longtime journalist Clifton Brown, Bearing the Cross will not only give you an inside look into this incredible man but teach you the life lessons that have warmed his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683581178
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 634,090
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Irv Cross is a former NFL player and sports broadcaster. After a career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams, Cross joined CBS Sports and later the Emmy Award–winning NFL Today. A storied life, he has been the chairman of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery National Sports Initiative, the Director of Athletics at Macalester College, and the Executive Director and Chief Advancement Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award given by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

Clifton Brown is a longtime sportswriter and veteran NFL reporter. Currently a sports writer at the Indianapolis Star, he has written for the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Boca Raton News, and the Sporting News.

Gil Brandt was the vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988. Under his watch, the Cowboys became “America’s Team,” and helped set up the foundation which led the team to victories in Super Bowls VI and XII. A scouting pioneer, he helped developed many of the techniques which are still used by NFL teams today. Brandt contributes to as a senior analyst, and appears on numerous radio and television programs across the country.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gil Brandt xi

Chapter 1 Being Like Jackie Robinson 1

Chapter 2 Mom, Dad, and Domestic Violence 9

Chapter 3 Dad Saves the Family 19

Chapter 4 My First Mentor, Miss Ewing 27

Chapter 5 My Faith 35

Chapter 6 High School Football and the Chris-Cross Backfield 47

Chapter 7 Choosing Northwestern 57

Chapter 8 The Draft 71

Chapter 9 Welcome to the NFL 79

Chapter 10 1963: A Year to Forget 95

Chapter 11 Intro to Broadcasting 101

Chapter 12 Choosing CBS over the Cowboys 115

Chapter 13 Me and Miss America 131

Chapter 14 Fight Night 141

Chapter 15 Me and the Greek 145

Chapter 16 Me and Brent 159

Chapter 17 Me and Jayne 165

Chapter 18 Goodbye to the NFL Today 173

Chapter 19 Becoming an Athletic Director 189

Chapter 20 Glad to Be Poor No More 197

Chapter 21 My Biggest Blooper 205

Chapter 22 Would I Play Football Again? You Bet! 211

Chapter 23 The Fourth Quarter 219

Chapter Notes 229

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

Customer Reviews