John David Crow dies at 79


Former Heisman Trophy winner and four-time NFL Pro Bowl running back John David Crow has died at the age of 79.

Texas A&M, Crow’s alma mater, announced that Crow died on Wednesday night. No cause of death has been reported.

Crow won the Heisman in 1957 while playing for Bear Bryant, who said before the award was handed out that “they ought to stop giving it” if Crow wasn’t voted the winner. The Chicago Cardinals selected Crow with the second pick of the 1958 draft and he made three Pro Bowls during seven seasons with the team, which moved to St. Louis while he was on the roster.

Crow went on to make his final Pro Bowl with the 49ers in 1965 and finished his NFL career with 4,963 yards on 1,157 carries. Crow, who went on to a coaching career after he retired, scored 73 touchdowns overall and holds the Cardinals franchise record for the longest run from scrimmage with an 83-yard touchdown run in 1958.

Our condolences go out to Crow’s family and friends.

10 responses to “John David Crow dies at 79

  1. Crow was a great 49er. One of the first running backs I recall who was sent wide with a linebacker defending him and thrown to deep. He and Brodie connected numerous times..

  2. Calling him a former Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t sound right. I think he’s still a Heisman Trophy winner.

  3. Condolences to the family. I hate to see the old timers pass.

    It’s a shame the NFL Network has been in existence for over a decade and 99.9% of all football fans probably knew nothing about a guy that scored 73 TDs as a pro. Even more impressive that he did it before the pinball machine scoring of today’s game skewed the record books.

  4. A great football player and human being. One of the best RB’s ever for the 49ers. Rest in peace.

  5. Icon of the game, and yet most fans today would never guess who he was if you asked them.

    NFL Network needs to highlight legends of the game lime John David Crow.

  6. If there was a RB in a draft with a guaranteed 4.28 yards per carry, and an average of 24 TDs a season (assuming 400 carries a season), he’d go top 5-10 for sure. That’s what JDC averaged. Mad props. RIP.

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