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NFL broadcasting legend Irv Cross dead at 81

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Former NFL defensive back Irv Cross, who was also a pioneer in broadcasting for “The NFL Today” during the 1970s, died at 81 years old.

Cross’s death was announced by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

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A two-time Pro Bowler in 1964 and 1965, Cross played for the Eagles from 1961-65, and a second time in 1969. He played for the Rams from 1966-68. After he retired, Cross immediately became an NFL broadcaster for CBS in 1971.

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Cross was a part of the team that started “The NFL Today” in 1975. He teamed up with Brent Musburger, and then Phyllis George and Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder.

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“I’ve been around all kinds of people, from every walk of life. I don’t know that I could give you one person who was nicer than Irv Cross. He was a constant gentleman,” Brent Musburger said.

Cross was a broadcaster on “The NFL Today” from 1975 until 1989. Back in 2009, he was the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.

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