One of Texas A&M’s more iconic figures in their football history has died, as it was learned Thursday that John David Crow passed away on Wednesday, with his cause of death not disclosed. He was 79.
The former Heisman Trophy winner (and first Aggie to do so) in 1957 was one of the more beloved figures in College Station for his aggressive style of playing the game. He played for legendary coach Bear Bryant and his death has saddened the Texas A&M community. Crow was also the athletic director for the school from 1988-1993.
More from Kevin Sherrington of The Dallas Morning News:
The name was royalty at A&M, where three decades after his service on the football field, the school called upon him to restore order to a football program embroiled in scandal amid investigations and the resignation of Jackie Sherrill.
But it was his play in an era of football giants that truly set him apart.
When Bryant showed up at A&M in 1954, the old Southwest Conference had a reputation as a passing league. Bear changed all that. His first training camp at Junction set the bar, cleared by the likes of Jack Pardee and Gene Stallings and a couple dozen survivors.
Crow also went on to have a stellar career in the NFL, where he played for 10 years with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the NFL 1960’s All-Decade team.