Crespi Legend Randy Cross Returns to Campus

He was really impressed to see a team with so little promise a year ago, exceed expectations by advancing to the quarterfinals in the C.I.F. Division I Playoffs.
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April 7, 2011 - PRLog -- On the chilly morning of February 24, 2011, Crespi alumnus Randy Cross returned to the campus for the first time since his induction into the Crespi Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005.  He witnessed the football team power-lifting under the watchful eyes of head coach Jon Mack and his staff.  Cross interacted with the team and offered some encouragement to the players.  

Randy won three Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers, and he currently works as a broadcaster for CBS Sports.  At Crespi, he was a star on the football field and was king of the shot-put, and still holds the school record.  After his graduation in 1972, Randy matriculated to UCLA as a student athlete.  In 2010, he was honored as a College Football Hall of Fame Inductee.

At the end of the workout, Cross spoke to the boys about their accomplishments this past season. He was really impressed to see a team with so little promise a year ago, exceed expectations by advancing to the quarterfinals in the CIF Division I Playoffs.  Crespi finally returned to the post season after a two year drought.  He congratulated the boys on their return to success.

He told them he was like most of them when he came to Crespi.  Many of the members of the current team attended local Catholic schools and may have only played flag football.  Cross and many of his classmates had no tackle football experience prior to Crespi.  Cross also encouraged them to set their sights on the upcoming season, telling them, “Don’t listen to all the haters.”  

His powerful words resonated with several players.  Many of them approached Cross to thank him after his speech. He then spoke at length to the Offensive Line about their strategy, encouraging them to continue their growth and development as players.  The most interesting meeting of the day may have been between Cross and freshman Amir Patterson.  Patterson is a freshman and also a Junior Olympic National shot-put champion.  He will be the next Celt attempting to break Randy’s long-standing records at Crespi.
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