Duane Cross’ is recognized as a two-way starter at left tackle on offense and defense for the 1963 and 1964 Garland Owl state football champions. He initially held these positions as a 1962 sophomore and his play as a 1963 junior was recognized when he was named first team All-District and first team All-Greater Dallas. In 1964, as the Owls won their second state championship, he was again first team All-District and All-Greater Dallas, and was named first team All-State by the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He was co-captain of the owl team and named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine blue chip first team. Cross was awarded an athletic scholarship by the University of Texas’ coach Darrell Royal, who called him the finest high school blocker in Texas. He also was named to the Texas team in the Oil Bowl contest with the Oklahoma all-stars. As early as when he was in sixth grade his athletic skills were recognized when he was selected as an add-on player for the Freeman Tornadoes to compete against the Coral Gables Hurricanes in the first Junior Orange Bowl held in Miami during the Christmas holidays in 1958. Since 1980, Cross has been in Offshore Oil & Gas Service business. Presently, he is owner of Cross & Associates LLC, which provides sales and marketing for offshore oil and gas service companies. Duane and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 42 years and reside in Kingwood, Texas. They have two sons. Ted and his wife, Anna, live in Kingwood, and Brian lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.