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

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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 did so until 1971 when a rare opportunity came along.

With his player career over and without any experience, Cross 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 we was awarded the Pete Rozelle Radio and TV 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 the 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: 9781683581185
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 227,584
File size: 837 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

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.” He resides in Roseville, Minnesota, with his wife and four children.

Clifton Brown is a longtime sportswriter and veteran NFL reporter. Currently serving as the Ravens Insider for CSN, he has written for the Boca Raton News, Detroit Free Press, New York Times, and the Sporting News. He makes regular appearances on GEICO SportsNet Central and contributes to Ravens Kickoff and Ravens Postgame Live. He lives in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

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

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