Former Dallas Cowboy Frank Cornish dies at 40


by By CALVIN WATKINS / The Dallas Morning News

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:56 PM

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Frank Cornish (left ) and Brian Nielsen (right) at London's Crystal Palace sports ground on Aug. 5, 1993.



Frank Cornish IV, who played on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Cowboys, died in his sleep at his Southlake home Friday night.

He was 40.

Cornish, an offensive lineman, played for five NFL teams during a six-year career that started in 1990 when he was a sixth-round pick out of UCLA by the San Diego Chargers. He played with the Cowboys on Super Bowl-winning teams in 1992 and 1993, starting five games.

"A great loss and a great person," said family friend Bill McIntyre.

Cornish was a stockbroker for Wachovia Securities in Southlake and was involved in numerous charities in his post playing career.

"The Bruin family sends our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Cornish family," said UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, a Bruin assistant for most of Cornish's college career. "I was a coach when he was a player, and he was just a gifted guy. Frank was a great guy in the locker room and a huge personality and a fun guy to be around."

Cornish's father, Frank played in the NFL in the late '60s and '70s.

Frank Cornish IV is survived by his wife, Robin, three daughters and two sons.

Funeral arrangements are pending.