UCLA All-America offensive lineman Randy Cross was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame Saturday night during a dinner, held at the Century Center Convention Center in South Bend, Ind., that served as the culmination of the National Football Foundation’s two-day Enshrinement Festival.
Cross was one of 16 players and four coaches enshrined tonight. He was selected in May of 2010 as part of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class and this weekend’s activities served as the culmination of the induction process. The 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class was inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2010, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Part of a successful run for the UCLA football program, offensive lineman Randy Cross was a key contributor throughout his time in Los Angeles. Cross played on the Bruins’ 1976 Rose Bowl championship team as a guard, starting 28 of his 34 career games. Randy became the Bruins’ starting center midway through his sophomore season. The next two years he was moved to right guard where he became a first-team All-Conference and a first-team All-America as a senior. Throughout his senior season he would share time between the center and guard positions. Cross won UCLA’s George W. Dickerson Award as the team’s most outstanding lineman in 1974 and 1975.
Selected in the second round of the 1976 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Cross played 13 years and won three Super Bowls with the franchise. Randy currently co-hosts a program which airs on Sirius Radio’s NFL Network. In 2009, Cross began work as an analyst for CBS College Sports TV in its coverage of the U.S. Naval Academy’s football games. Randy also founded a charity golf tournament which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford’s Children’s Hospital. Cross and his wife Patrice reside outside Atlanta with their three children, daughters Kelly and Crystal, and son Brendan, a quarterback at Wake Forest University.
“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 Bobb McKittrick — more than I can ever repay.”
Cross is the 13th member of the UCLA family enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Bruin greats such as Troy Aikman, Kenny Easley, Jerry Robinson, Gary Beban, Kenny Washington and coaches Terry Donahue, Tommy Prothro and Red Sanders.
Former Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez, former Dayton head coach Mike Kelly, former Widener University, Delaware Valley College and LaSalle University head coach Bill Manlove and former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings were the four coaches that joined the list of 16 former players who were also inducted. The players enshrined were Cross, Dennis Byrd of North Carolina State (1964-67), Ronnie Caveness of Arkansas (1962-64), Ray Childress of Texas A&M (1981-84), Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State (1993-96), Sam Cunningham of USC (1970-72), Michael Favor of North Dakota State (1985-88), Charles Haley of James Madison (1982-85), Mark Herrmann of Purdue (1977-80), Clarkston Hines of Duke (1986-89), Desmond Howard of Michigan (1989-91), Mickey Kobrosky of Trinity (1933-36), Chet Moeller of Navy (1973-75), Jerry Stovall of LSU (1960-62), Pat Tillman of Arizona State (1994-97), and Alfred Williams of Colorado (1987-90).