Hundreds gather to pay tribute to A&M Heisman Trophy-winner

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - It was as big a send-off as Texas A&M University can give.

The opportunity to pay tribute to A&M's first Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow drew more than 500 family members, friends, fellow coaches and fans to the floor of Reed Arena.

Former A&M women's basketball coach Lynn Dickey remembered Crow as a champion of developing women's athletics in his role as athletic director.

Also delivering a eulogy was former A&M football coach R.C. Slocum, and among those attending was Paul Bryant Jr., son of Crow's former coach the late Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, died on June 17. He was 79. The university said Crow died surrounded by his family.

He was the first Heisman winner for the Aggies, who were coached at the time by Paul "Bear" Bryant. During the 1957 season, Bryant famously said: "If John David Crow doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, they ought to stop giving it."

Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/ St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

He coached with Bryant at Alabama and later returned to Texas A&M to work in the athletic department.


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