Denny Crawford

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Denny Crawford
No. 38
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-06-16)June 16, 1921
Place of birth: Kingsport, Tennessee
Date of death: August 14, 2005(2005-08-14) (aged 84)
Place of death: Kingsport, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Kingsport (TN) Dobyns-Bennett
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 15 / Pick: 130
Career history

Denny Crawford (born Denver Junior Crawford[1]) is a former professional American football guard. He played at the University of Tennessee including the 1943 Sugar Bowl. He lettered at Tennessee in 1942, 1946 and 1947 where he was elected Team Captain as a senior. In the 1947 Vanderbilt game Denny flattened three Vanderbilt Commodores with a devastating block, springing Hal Littleford for a 65-yard punt return touchdown. While serving in the military in World War II, he played service football for the 1944 Maxwell Field Marauders and the 1945 AAFTC Skymasters. He played in the 1944, 1945 and 1947 Blue-Gray Game and was a member of the 1948 College All-Stars. Originally a tackle drafted out of Tennessee by the Green Bay Packers he chose to play in the rival AAFC when they offered to double his contract salary. He was a member of the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference.[2] After his playing career, Denny spent 13 years coaching college football at Washington and Lee, Maryland, Mississippi State and Minnesota. After moving back to his hometown he spent several years as a coach at Sullivan Central High School, Blountville, TN.


  1. ^ "Denny Crawford". Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Denny Crawford". National Football League. Retrieved 2011-08-15.