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Randy Cross

Randy Cross is a veteran football analyst who joined CBS Sports in 2009. He calls select college football games and also serves as a studio analyst on the Network's weekly roundtable show INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL.


Cross previously worked for CBS as an NFL game analyst from 1989-93. He returned to the NFL ON CBS from 1998-2009 as a game analyst and studio analyst for three years with THE NFL TODAY. Cross has covered the NFC Divisional Playoffs and Championship games, as well as Super Bowl XXVI. He also served as an analyst for CBS Sports Radio’s coverage of Super Bowl XXIV. During the Network's coverage of Super Bowl XLI, Cross reported during the pre-game show from Baghdad with coverage of American soldiers who were serving in the Iraq War.


Following Cross’s earlier tenure at CBS Sports, he spent four years at NBC Sports as an analyst for its NFL broadcasts. He also served as an analyst for select Notre Dame games, including the 1995 Fiesta Bowl and also as a reporter for Super Bowl XXXII.


A 13-year NFL veteran and three-time All-Pro (1981, 1983, 1984) and Pro Bowler (1981, 1982, 1984), Cross was a center and guard for the San Francisco 49ers and helped lead the team to three Super Bowl championships (1982, 1985, 1989). He was the 49ers' Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1986, 1987 and 1988 and was voted the 49ers' Man of the Year in 1985 for his work in the community.


A two-time All-American at UCLA, he played on the 1976 Rose Bowl Champion Bruins team. He was the 49ers' second-round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft. He started at center beginning that season but played mainly guard throughout his career, missing only eight games over the next 13 years. Cross was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on July 16, 2011.


Cross was born in New York, grew up in Southern California and now lives in Alpharetta, Ga. He and his wife Patrice have three children, Kelly, Crystal and Brendan.