John David Crow : Former 49ers Pro Bowl RB Dies at 79

John David Crow : Former 49ers Pro Bowl RB Dies at 79

John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79.

John David Crow had lived in College Station after he retired from A&M’s athletics administration in 2001. According to A&M, “John David Crow passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, Carolyn, and family. Services are pending and the family requests privacy at this time.”

John David Crow, who grew up in Springhill, La., won the Heisman in 1957 after his A&M coach at the time, Paul “Bear” Bryant, infamously said, “They ought to do away with the thing” if Heisman electors didn’t vote the young man he’d dubbed “Ol’ Crow” as the winner.

John David Crow, a thick-thighed and thunderous running back, was A&M’s lone Heisman winner until quarterback Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman, and the two became quick friends. Despite Bryant’s multiple national championships later on at Alabama, Crow remained the fabled coach’s lone Heisman winner.

A two-way player for the Aggies, Crow rushed for 562 yards as a senior to go with five interceptions. He was a first-round NFL draft selection of the Chicago Cardinals in 1958, and a four-time Pro Bowler at the game’s highest level.