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Irv Cross credits fifth-grade teacher for steering him right

Speaking of Irv Cross (see a few posts down), in addition to talking this week about "The NFL Today" and the upcoming ceremony honoring him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he spoke emotionally about his current work with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Minnesota.

Cross, who turned 70 Monday, is returning a favor done to him by his fifth-grade teacher, Ruth Ewing, who after his mother died assured him he was destined for college and gave him early encouragement in working on his public speaking.

"Had she not put her arm around me that day," he said, "I guarantee you none of this would have happened."

He added, "I have never forgotten that . . . What we want to do here is put our arms around kids who need someone to say, 'You can do this.'"

Cross said "being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a broadcaster to me is a testament to Ruth Ewing and a fifth-grade teacher who saw something in a poor kid in Hammond, Ind."

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