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.