Riley lettered four years in football. On offense he was a wingback and on defense he was an end. He was known for his blocking ability leading the way for fellow members of the Hall of Fame, Rodney Williams and Dunny Goode. Cross gained 244 yards; caught 47 passes for 584 yards and scored eight touchdowns. As a defensive end no opponent scored around his side. He played on the special teams unit that never had a kick off or punt returned for a touchdown. Riley was in the oil and insurance business and coached at Madison Middle School in Abilene for 27 years.