Howard Cross

Howard Cross
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1967-08-08) August 8, 1967
Huntsville, Alabama
Career information
High school: New Hope
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 6 / Pick: 158
Career history
Super Bowl XXV Champion
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Howard Edward Cross Jr. (born August 8, 1967) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League.

Early life

Cross played football at New Hope High School in New Hope, Alabama. In college, he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was drafted out of the University of Alabama in the 1989 NFL Draft by the New York Giants in the sixth round.[1]


Over his career, Cross played in a total of 207 games as a Giant, second only to Michael Strahan's 216 games. Cross won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XXV when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19. He was the only player on both the 1990 Giants team as well as the 2000 team that lost Super Bowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7.

Although he was known more for his blocking expertise, he finished his career with 201 receptions for 2,194 yards and 17 touchdowns.[1]

Post-playing career

After retiring, Cross moved into broadcasting. He is currently a co-host of the YES Network's This Week in Football, as well as serving as color commentator alongside John Sterling on the network's Ivy League football telecasts. Cross is also a sideline reporter for the New York Giants Radio Network. He has spent a great deal of time working with youth to help ensure that they stay in school. He currently resides in Northern New Jersey and is a commercial real estate broker for Cushman & Wakefield. His son, Howard Cross III, recently committed to the University of Notre Dame to play football in the fall of 2019.


  1. 1 2 "Howard Cross NFL Football Statistics |". Retrieved 2016-05-18.
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