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John David Crow's career led him from Springhill, La., to playing fame at Texas A&M, to the pros, and back to Louisiana as a coach. As an Aggie senior in 1957, Crow was a unanimous All-America halfback, the Heisman Trophy winner, and was named Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation and the Washington Touchdown Club. He was voted Back of the Year by United Press International. He also became the No. 1 pick in the pro draft by the (then) Chicago Cardinals. He played 11 seasons in the NFL and appeared in four Pro Bowls. Paul "Bear" Bryant once called Crow "the greatest all-around back I ever coached." After his playing career, Crow coached at Alabama and for Cleveland and San Diego in the NFL before becoming head coach at Northeast Louisiana. He later became the athletic director at Texas A&M. Crow was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

John David Crow