All-American: Leon Cross

Rufus Alexander

Leon Cross, OG/LB - 1962
Leon Cross was honored by The Football News and the Football Writers of America with All-America honors in 1962.

During the first couple of years of Cross' career it didn't look like he was ever going to play a down for OU due to injuries that forced him to the sidelines. His battles through problems with his foot and knee earned him the nickname "Old Rugged Cross."

He was the co-captain of the Sooners during his senior year in 1962. Cross was steady and experienced, commanding respect from all his teammates. During his rehabilitation he tore some rib cartilage. He wouldn't allow anything to stand in his way so he played with the pain.

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