Retired NFL player found safe three days after being reported missing in North Texas

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Former NFL defensive lineman Frank Cornish III was found safe Monday, three days after he was last seen leaving his North Texas home, Carrollton police said.

Retired NFL defensive lineman Frank Cornish returned home Monday after being reported missing Friday in Carrollton, Texas.
Retired NFL defensive lineman Frank Cornish returned home Monday after being reported missing Friday in Carrollton, Texas.

Police said Cornish, 77, returned home after getting lost while trying to find his way to a friend’s funeral in New Orleans.

Cornish was reported missing Friday after he left his home without his cell phone and oxygen that he needs, Carrollton police said on Twitter. Carrollton is about 35 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

Cornish played in Super Bowl VI with the Miami Dolphins.

His son Frank Cornish IV also played in the NFL, including for the Dallas Cowboys, and died of heart disease in his Southlake home in 2008 when he was 40.

Southlake officials named a park, Frank Edgar Cornish IV Park, after the younger Cornish, a former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman.

Before Cornish died in 2008, he served as chairman of Southlake Parks and Recreation, was on the city’s zoning commission and was active in the community, according to his obituary. The park was named for him in 2006.

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