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John David Crow, first A&M Heisman winner, has died

Texas A&M’s John David Crow (left) talks with fellow college football legends Doak Walker and Darrell Royal at Colonial Country Club in 1997. Crow, 79, died Wednesday night.
Texas A&M’s John David Crow (left) talks with fellow college football legends Doak Walker and Darrell Royal at Colonial Country Club in 1997. Crow, 79, died Wednesday night. Star-Telegram Archives

Texas A&M officials confirmed today that John David Crow, the school’s 1957 Heisman Trophy winner and a former athletic director at the school, died peacefully at his home Wednesday night. Crow, 79, played running back and linebacker for legendary coach Bear Bryant during his college career and spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers (1958-68).

A statue of Crow sits outside the A&M football offices at Kyle Field and a road leading to the venue bears his name.

A&M officials said Crow passed away at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night surrounded by his wife, Carolyn, and family. Services are pending and the family request privacy at this time.

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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