“Anything for that kid.”
Those were the first words that Milton varsity football Coach Jim Provost met me with when I told him I would like to get some quotes about senior Yellowjacket football standout Trent Cross.
Cross, who played on either side of the ball as a wide receiver and cornerback, was recognized this past week by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Cross was one of six scholar-athletes around the state to receive the prestigious honor and is the first Milton Yellowjacket to receive the award according to MHS athletic director Trevor Wagar.
“It is the kind of award that goes beyond football,” Provost said. “It recognizes work in the classroom and the community as well, and that just made this a no brainer for someone like Trent.”
Cross, one of three captains on the team, had a stellar senior season racking up 36 catches for 694 yards and putting points on the board with eight touchdowns and seven PATs throughout the year. His success on the field earned him the accolades of being a Phil Hughes Award winner, a member of the Division II All-State 1st team in offense and the second team for defense, an honorable mention to the All Free Press Team, selected to North-South Team and elected captain, selected to Vermont Shrine football team and now his selection by the NFF.
Cross’s prowess on the football field is only overshadowed by his character.
“He is much more of a leader by example than ‘ra-ra” kind of guy,” Provost continued, ”rather than just making a lot of white noise, Trent was always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave. And at the end of every game, the first thing he did was hunt down the refs to thank them for a great game, even if we had lost.”
Cross also thinks of his teammates first, even when being asked about the honors he has received.
“Football truly is the greatest team sports, and I couldn’t have accomplished anything without the team.” Cross said. “The linemen especially don’t get their names mentioned enough. My offensive line and defensive line deserve so much credit and rarely get it versus us smaller guys.”
Despite his obvious love for football and his unarguable success at the sport, Cross will not be continuing his career on the gridiron next year.
“You’d think I would be going to a school where I could play next year, but after having several concussions throughout the years, I came to realize that pursuing football could be bad for me,” he said.
Cross has instead decided to focus on his studies as a freshman at the University of Vermont next year, where he plans to earn a degree in exercise science. His recognition by the NFF also comes with a $500 scholarship, which will help him on his academic journey.
A banquet honoring Cross and all the other nominees, will be held in the Glenbrook Gymnasium at Castleton University on Sunday, May 6.
Trent Cross will also be joined by Tre Sherwood and Nick Johnson on the Vermont Shrine football team, which will play in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl on August 8. Look in future issues of the Milton Independent as we follow their journey throughout the spring and summer.