Aug. 23, 2008
The UCLA family was saddended to learn that All-America football center Frank Cornish passed away in sleep at his home on Friday evening. Cornish lived in Southlake, TX (near Dallas) with his wife Robin and their five children (three daughters and two sons).
Cornish, who would have been 41 on Sept. 24, played for the Bruins for four years (1986-89) and started all 35 games of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He earned first-team All-America honors in 1989 and was a second-team selection in 1988.
"The Bruin family sends our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Cornish family," said head coach Rick Neuheisel, who was a Bruin assistant for most of Cornish's career. "I was a coach when he was a player and he was just a gifted guy. Frank was a great guy in the locker room and a huge personality and a fun guy to be around."
Following his collegiate career, Cornish played in the National Football League for six seasons. A sixth-round selection by the San Diego Chargers, he played with the Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles. He was with Dallas for the 1992 and 1993 seasons, helping the Cowboys win the 1993 and 1994 Super Bowls.