•  Mr. Speaker, rough tough, real stuff, Texas A&M. The mantra of John David Crow . The man known by all three of his names, with a distinctive gaze and commanding presence is the first Aggie Heisman winner who left the piney Louisiana Woods to play football at Texas A&M University--and the rest is history.
  • Crow has been tough since birth. Born into the Great Depression in Marion, Louisiana on July 8, 1935, a midwife struggled to remove the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck, which resulted in nerve damage--preventing him from ever being able to shut his left eye.
  • After almost dying from pneumonia at the age of two, Crow grew into his larger-than-life stature. At 6'2, 215 pounds he was made to be a football player.
  • Crow arrived in College Station, Texas in 1954 to play under football legend Paul ``Bear'' Bryant, who he had never even heard of. The newly married freshman watched two buses take the football team to training camp in Junction and only one bus return--half empty. But he wasn't scared. Crow suited up to play anyways.
  • A new husband and father, Crow helped lead the Aggies to a conference championship and bowl game after coming off a 1-9 season.
  • In three seasons, he gained 1,455 yards rushing on 296 attempts, with 22 touchdowns. His stats may not have put him at the top of the leaderboard, but coach Bear Bryant came up with more appropriate and realistic statistics to showcase Crow , which he called ``Players Run Over.''
  • When Crow was told he was a Heisman candidate, he confessed that he had never heard of the award. Bryant rallied behind the football player saying, ``If he doesn't win the Heisman , they ought to stop giving it.''  The saying stuck. In 1957, in almost a landslide vote, John David Crow won the Heisman Trophy. The first Aggie to win and the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever play for Bryant.
  • Crow went on to be a running back in the NFL for the Cardinals in Chicago and St. Louis as well as the San Francisco 49ers. After retiring in 1968, he joined Bryant on the field again as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. He went back to the NFL as an assistant coach with Cleveland and San Diego. In 1983, he returned back to his maroon alma mater as the assistant athletic director under Jackie Sherrill.
  • Crow was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. For as much success as Crow knew, he also knew deep sorrow. His son, John David Jr, born while his father was playing at Texas A&M and also played under Bear Bryant, was killed in 1994.
  • John David Crow passed away on June 18th, joining his son.
  • The statue of Crow outside the Bright Athletic Complex at Texas A&M University accurately portrays the man whose name is synonymous with Aggie Football. It depicts the strapping Louisiana paper mill teenager who showed up in Texas unintimidated, unafraid, and more than ready to bring pride to a small Texas town.
  • They just don't make them like John David Crow anymore--rough tough, real stuff, Texas A&M. ``Gig--Em Aggies''
  • And that's just the way it is.