John Crow Wins Heisman Trophy
Crow, despite suffering some early season injuries in 1957 that cause him to appear in only 7 games, carried the ball 129 times for 562 yards during his senior campaign.
He scored six touchdowns and an extra point for 37 points; intercepted five passes, caught two passes and passed for five touchdowns. Crow was named a scholastic All-American his senior year and was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. John David had a memorable professional career with the Cardinals and '49ers, playing eleven years and setting rushing and touchdown records, some of which still stand. He rushed to college ball in 1968, John David worked as offensive backfield coach under his old Ax mentor Bear Bryant in Alabama; then went on to the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers in a similar capacity until he was named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Northeast Louisiana University in 1975, a position he held until Athletic Director, and presently serves as Director of Development for Athletics, as well as on the Board of Directors of AIM Management, Inc., Gulf Greyhound Partners, LTD., and the Heisman Foundation.
John David was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1976.
John David Crow won every area except the Midwest, which went to Alex Karras. Karras, who recorded one of the highest finishes for a lineman in Heisman balloting, went onto star for the Detroit Lions before moving on to the movies and television. It was a standout year for the big boys of college football as Lou Michaels, a tackle from Kentucky, finished fourth, giving linemen two of the top four slots.
John David Crow (born July 8, 1935, in Marion in Union Parish, Louisiana) was the Heisman Trophy winner and running back from Texas A&M University in 1957. He was not one of the "Junction Boys," but played for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M and later played professional football for the Chicago & St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers between 1958 and 1968. Crow received the annual "Len Eshmont Award" on two occasions, 1966 and 1967. This award is voted by the players and given to the 49er who best exemplifies the “inspirational and courageous play” of Len Eshmont.
A street on the campus of Texas A&M University adjacent to Kyle Field is named after him.
Crow grew up in Springhill in northern Webster Parish near the Arkansas state line.
In 1956, Crow was part of the first Aggie football team to beat the University of Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
In the 1957 season, the Aggies won their first eight games and were ranked Number 1 in the AP Poll. The team lost their last three games after uncertainty over whether their coach, Bear Bryant, would be leaving the school. Although injured early in the season, Crow was able to play in 7 games in his senior season. He rushed for 562 yards on 129 carries, with 6 touchdowns. Crow also caught 2 passes and passed for 5 touchdowns. While playing on defense, he intercepted the ball 5 times. Bryant told the Heisman voters that they ought "'to do away with the thing'" if they didn't vote for Crow.
Crow was named a scholastic All-American and won the Heisman on December 3, 1957, defeating Iowa tackle Alex Karras. Crow claims not to have understood the importance of the award until sponsors flew him and his family to New York for the presentation. As of 2008, he is the only Aggie to win the Heisman, and he was the only one of Bryant's players to win. Bryant left for Alabama shortly after Crow received the Heisman.