John David Crow

  • Born: July 8, 1935
  • Died: June 17, 2015
  • Location: College Station, Texas

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79.

Texas A&M Heisman winner

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79.

The university said Crow died Wednesday night surrounded by his family.

He was the first Heisman winner for the Aggies, who were coached at the time by Paul "Bear" Bryant. During the 1957 season, Bryant famously said: "If John David Crow doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, they ought to stop giving it."

Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/ St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

He coached with Bryant at Alabama and later returned to Texas A&M to work in the athletic department.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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Posted by boomer boomer - west virginia, DC - Classmate   December 13, 2019

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Posted by boi boi - miami, FL - Served in the Military together   November 13, 2018

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Posted by Mike Crow - College Station, TX - Family   October 07, 2017

To The Family,
I've been a football fan since I was 5 years old and being a New York Giant fan I definitely remember when the Giants played the Cardinals in the 60's and what a great player John David Crow was. He was a tough player with good speed, good hands, good arm, and very intelligent when it came to football. He had all of the tools. Please accept my condolences in the passing of your loved one. What a great athlete!

Sincerely
T. Sterling

Posted by Terrone - Tarboro, NC - A Volunteer Minister   November 16, 2015

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Posted by Thainara - x1TT8SQl7cFO, NY - Pv8V88r7x   September 11, 2015

Margaret and Bobby Drake Keith send our very deepest sympathy. He will still be alive with us forever. We will never forget the wonderful years playing together at A&M. He was instrumental in all the wins we had under Coach Bryant. It was a fabulous career and he brought recognition to A&M with such dignity through out his career and the Heisman Award.

Posted by Bobby Drake Keith - Oklahoma City, OK   July 02, 2015

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My thoughts and prayers go out to John David Crow and his family. Thank you for the memories and a special salute for being a true NFL warrior--something that is becoming less and less prevalent in today's NFL.

Posted by Richard W. Mills - NYC, NY - Fan   June 22, 2015

John David Crow was one of my childhood heroes when I began following pro football in 1961. He was a tough guy, and I still have his football card in my rack on the wall in my room. I am from the east coast but have always loved the Cardinals, because of players like him. This is a sad day for me, but a great day for the team in heaven. Imagine the applause when God announces his name to the crowd as he runs onto the field!

Posted by Bill Lawlor - Mantua, NJ - Fan   June 21, 2015

Sorry to hear of the passing of John David. I went to school with him at Springhill, Louisiana.
John David and all the guys on the 1952 State Champion Team were great.
He will be missed greatly, may God be with the family at this time.
Wilton "Diddy Ray" Mason

Posted by Wilton "Diddy Ray" Mason - Springhill, LA - Friend   June 19, 2015

I am sorry for such a great loss in your family. My father went to school with Mr. Crow, graduating in the same class in Springhill. I remember as a student at A&M, my father went to say hello at one point. Growing up in Springhill was a tough life in those days and people were so connected and proud of those who left and had such a huge impact on so many.

Posted by KAREN SALLEY - Cedar Park, TX - friend   June 18, 2015

We are grieving the loss of our great and loyal friend.

Posted by Madeline and Ross Margraves - Houston, TX - Old friends   June 18, 2015


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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79.