Fred Crawford (American football)
|No. 32 Duke Blue Devils|
|Date of birth||July 27, 1910|
|Place of birth||Waynesville, North Carolina|
|Date of death||March 5, 1974(aged 63)|
|Place of death||Tallahassee, Florida|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Waynesville Township High School
The McCallie School
|1932–33||Duke Blue Devils|
|Career highlights and awards|
Frederick Eugene "Fred" Crawford (July 27, 1910 – March 5, 1974) was an American football player.
He played at tackle and end for Wallace Wade's Duke Blue Devils, selected All-Southern in 1932 and a consensus All-American in 1933. Crawford was the first football player to gain first-team All-America honors from the state of North Carolina. He was mainly responsible in 1933 for the defeat of the Tennessee Volunteers, that team's first loss in over two and a half seasons. It caused Tennessee coach Bob Neyland to remark: "He gave the finest exhibition of tackle play I have ever seen." Duke won the Southern Conference the same year, winning 9 straight until a loss at Georgia Tech knocked Duke out of contention for the Rose Bowl.
One description of Crawford's play said he was "a hell-for-leather, hard-hitting, hard-charging, fast-running juggernaut" who "covered punts like a run-away express'" and "charged through the line like a lion going in for the kill. Coach Wallace Wade called Crawford "the greatest lineman I ever saw."
After a brief motion picture career, Crawford played professionally for the Chicago Bears. He played just a year due to a lack of size for an interior line position and a broken leg. George Halas discovered Crawford could throw quite far indeed, and in a preseason game let him throw what was a completion to Ed Kawal that went 82 yards in the air.
World War II
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