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Irv Cross addresses an audience Thursday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Former NFL'er says Christian beliefs helped guide him on life's journey


WILLMAR -- Former National Football League player and sportscaster Irv Cross says two people influenced his life.

One was sixth-grade teacher Ruth Ewing who offered encouragement during a particularly stressful time growing up in Hammond, Ind.

The other was Dr. Ira Eshleman, a Presbyterian pastor who encouraged Cross to accept Jesus Christ as his lord and savior during a challenging time as a player with the Los Angeles Rams in the mid-1960s.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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