Born, Raised, or Became Famous in Lake, Porter Counties Indiana
and Surrounding Illinois Communities.
||Born July 27, 1939 in Hammond, Indiana.
Irv Cross, is currently the
Director of Athletics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and
is also a sportscaster, public speaker, community leader and family
man. Best-known for his years as a network sportscaster for CBS
Television, Irv began his career at CBS as a game analyst and was
co-host and expert commentator on CBS TV's Emmy-Award-winning "NFL
Today" show for 15 years. Besides football, Irv covered a variety
of sports for CBS, including track and field, gymnastics and the
During the off-season, Irv worked as a stockbroker with
Bache and Company and became vice president of institutional sales for
Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.
Irv is also in demand as a public
speaker, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from motivational,
inspirational and humorous subjects to leadership, team-building and
planning for the future.
Born in Hammond, Indiana, Irv was an
outstanding athlete during his high school days, winning numerous
athletic honors. He graduated from Hammond High School in
1957. At Northwestern University, he played fullback and defensive
and offensive end and earned honorable mention on the All-Big-Ten
team. He is a lifetime member of Deru, the senior men's honorary
society, which is the highest honor awarded for academics and
Mr. Cross joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a
seventh-round draft choice, and was quickly recognized as one of the
hardest-hitting defensive backs in pro football. He played two Pro
Bowls before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams, where he played for
three seasons. He returned to the Eagles as a player-coach for one
year, and then retired as an active player to devote his time to being a
defensive backfield coach.
Irv was instrumental in bringing the
Canadian Football League into Baltimore, Birmingham, Memphis and San
Antonio, and worked closely with the league office in establishing
expansion guidelines and procedures.
Irv is active in numerous
community and charitable projects. Causes that are closest to his
heart include youth, the homeless and abused women and children.
He was on the Board of Trustees of the NCAA Foundation; past-chairman
and current chairman of the Educational Advisory Panel for Pop Warner
Little Scholars; advisor to the the President's Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports' Youth Fitness Committee; past member of the Board
Highland School, Youth for Tomorrow, and Chadwick
International, former chairman of the American running and fitness
Association, and a past member of the Board of governors or the Downtown
Athletic Club in New York and a former member of the Heisman Memorial
Trophy Committee, and is currently on the Board of the NFL Players
Assistance Trust Fund.
Irv lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with
his wife, Liz, their 14-year-old son, Matthew, and twelve-year-old
daughter Sarah. A fitness enthusiast, Irv works out whenever he
can, and enjoys biking with his family on weekends.
by Irv Cross, 10/2003
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