Irv Cross was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 1961 NFL Draft. In 1966 he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. Then in 1969, he returned to the Eagles and became a player/coach. He retired in 1970 and became a coach for the Eagles. In 1971, Irv became the first black sports analyst on national television when he was hired as an NFL analyst and commentator for CBS Sports. He also anchored The NFL Today from its inception in 1975 through 1989. Irv also served as athletic director at Idaho State University from 1996 to 1998. Irv was the Director of Athletics at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota until May 2006. He is now the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota and is back to football commentary for Twin Cities Fox Broadcasting affiliate Fox 9.