Pro Bowl CB, Twin Cities broadcaster Irv Cross dies at 81

Cross was a Pro Bowl cornerback, but his biggest impact was made after his career.
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Former NFL player and broadcasting pioneer Irv Cross passed away on Sunday near his home in Roseville.

While Cross made an impact on the field as a two-time Pro Bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cross is also known for becoming the first Black commentator to work full-time on national television, anchoring The NFL Today, NBA game, track and field, and gymnastics for CBS.

Upon his retirement in 1994, Cross came to Minnesota after two years as the athletic director at Idaho State University. While he took the same position at Macalester College, Cross also became involved in the local broadcast scene in Minnesota, covering the Vikings for KMSP and WCCO.

As the news of Cross's passing broke, many local media members took to social media to pay their respects.

Cross is survived by his wife, Liz and their four children. He was 81 years old.

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