Crane Tide Legend For SEC Event

A part of the Southeastern Conference Football Championship experience in Atlanta each year is the presentation of a former legendary player from each Southeastern Conference school.

This year, Paul Crane will be the former Alabama player who is represented . Crane and the other 13 legends will be honored during the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta. The group will be feted at a banquet the night before the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1, and then recognized prior to the game in the Georgia Dome.

Another of the legends has Alabama connections. Although John David Crow will be the representative of Texas A&M, where he played for Paul Bryant and with Gene Stallings, Crow was also running backs coach at Alabama as the Crimson Tide made the switch from a pro-style offense to the wishbone in 1971. Crow's Heisman Trophy is on permanent display at the Paul W. Bryant Museum on the campus of The University of Alabama.

Paul Crane (1963-65) played both center and linebacker and earned unanimous All-America accolades in 1965 at center. He also earned SEC Lineman of the Year honors in 1964. Crane played on three bowl teams at Alabama while the Tide collected a 28-4-1 record during his playing career. Two of those teams were crowned national champions (1964 and 1965). He was a team captain on the 1965 national title squad. Crane went on to an excellent pro career, playing for seven seasons with the New York Jets (1966-73), including the 1969 Super Bowl Champions. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at Alabama (1974-78) and Ole Miss (1978-81). He has been honored with the "Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman Award", given each spring at Alabama.

John David Crow (1955-57) is the only Heisman Trophy winner in Texas A&M University history, as well as the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever play for Coach Paul Bryant. He is a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, as well as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M in 2004. In his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1957, the Aggies won their first eight games and were ranked atop the AP Poll. Although injured early in the season, Crow was able to play in seven games in his senior season, rushing for 562 yards on 129 carries, with six touchdowns. While playing on defense, he recorded five interceptions. Crow was the second player selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the Chicago Cardinals and played 11 years in the NFL. Following the end of his playing career, Crow served as a coach and athletics administrator, eventually becoming athletics director at his alma mater.

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