Former Alabama star Cross got Super Bowl prediction right

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama tight end Howard Cross was among those who correctly predicted that the underdog New York Giants would win this year's Super Bowl.

Cross predicted the Giants would beat the New England Patriots, who were heavily favored and undefeated going into the game. Cross said most people quickly discounted his pick as biased. He had played for the Giants for 13 years and was a member of their 1990 and 2000 Super Bowl squads.

He told The Huntsville Times it was more logic than loyalty that led to the prediction. He said he saw the Giants' strength at defensive tackle and felt they would pressure Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Cross was a star at New Hope High School in Madison County. He was among 14 members of the class of 2008 set to be enshrined Monday night into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame.

Cross, who is 40, played 13 seasons as a tight end for the Giants and played more games in a Giant uniform, 207, than any other player before finishing his career in 2001.

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