Nov. 16, 2011
UCLA and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will jointly honor Randy Cross with an NFF Hall of Fame Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on Nov. 19 during the game between the Bruins and the University of Colorado. Coverage of the game will start at 4:30 p.m. PT on Versus.
"I'm extremely proud and humbled to be selected and to be part of such a special College Football Hall of Fame Class," said Cross when his induction was announced in May of 2010. "My teammates at UCLA share in this honor, for without their help and influences, this would not be possible. To them, I say thank you.... Coaches from UCLA shaped me as a young man, taught me lessons, on and off the field, and helped in life well after I left Westwood. I owe those men --- Steve Butler, Moe Freedman, Terry Donahue, Pepper Rodgers, Dick Vermeil and Bob McKittrick --- more than I can ever repay."
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain one of the numerous activities in each inductee's Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. Cross, who was inducted in 2010, had to postpone the event until this year because of his commitments as a college football analyst on the CBS Sports Network. This year's Colorado game at UCLA presented the perfect opportunity for him to return home for this special honor.
"Randy Cross established himself as one of the greatest players in UCLA history," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We are extremely proud that his story will forever be preserved at the College Football Hall of Fame as an inspiration for generations to come. We are thrilled to be traveling to Los Angeles to celebrate his career with the UCLA fans this weekend."
Cross played offensive guard at UCLA from 1973-75 and earned First Team All-America honors in 1975. He culminated his stellar career by leading the Bruins past top-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl. Lining up at both center and guard, he started 28 of his 34 career games, including his final 23 appearances. In addition to being a First Team All-American, he earned First Team All-Pac-8 honors during his senior year en route to helping the Bruins to a share of the 1975 conference title. He won UCLA's George W. Dickerson Award as the team's most outstanding lineman in 1974-75, and UCLA posted a record of 24-7-3 during his career.
Selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1976 draft, Cross played 13 years and won three Super Bowls with the franchise. Missing only eight games in his professional career, he was named to three All-Pro teams and was voted the San Francisco 49ers' Man of the Year (1985) for his work in the community.
Cross currently serves as an NFL analyst on the CBS Sports Network. He also founded the Randy Cross Invitational, a golf tournament that has raised more than $5 million for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford's Children's Hospital. He and his wife Patrice have three children, Kelly, Crystal and Brendan, who plays quarterback at Wake Forest. He resides in Alpharetta, Ga.
Cross becomes the 13th Bruin player or coach inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the school's third lineman to receive the honor. He joins former UCLA players (with year of induction) Troy Aikman (2008), Gary Beban (1988), Kenny Easley (1991), Tom Fears (1976), Bill Kilmer (1999), Donn Moomaw (1973), Jerry Robinson (1996), Al Sparlis (1983), and Kenny Washington (1956). Former UCLA head coaches in the Hall include Terry Donahue (2000), Tommy Prothro (1991) and Red Sanders (1996).
In addition to Cross, the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Bowl Subdivision class included Dennis Byrd (North Carolina State); Ronnie Caveness (Arkansas); Ray Childress (Texas A&M); Sam Cunningham (Southern California); Mark Herrmann (Purdue); Clarkston Hines (Duke); Desmond Howard (Michigan); Chet Moeller (Navy); Jerry Stovall (LSU); Pat Tillman (Arizona State); Alfred Williams (Colorado); and coaches Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) and Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama). For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.