Mark Crawford feature: Part 4 of 4

I did live on the football field when I was young and through middle school. But my first two years of high school, I was not that mature. The transition from middle school to high school got me mentally.

Question: So junior college was good for you?

Crawford: "It was great for me. If I could do it over, I would do it again. I would not have said that in the beginning. I was upset when I got there. But after my experience there, getting my grades and getting some classes out of the way, my maturity level has really risen to help me handle things here at Kentucky. Now I can say, ‘I am too mature to go do something like that. Let me go take care of business instead.'"

Question: Why didn't you play high school football as a freshman or sophomore?

Crawford: "I did live on the football field when I was young and through middle school. But my first two years of high school, I was not that mature. The transition from middle school to high school got me mentally. I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't know if I wanted to play football or be a goofball. My junior year I sat down with my coach. I was on the team as a sophomore, but I got kicked off because I was so immature. I made a decision to do things right and those two years I did play were two of the best years a defensive tackle ever had at our school. I won a lot of awards. That is when my life turned around as far as being more mature and becoming a good player.

"Before, I was more interested in being the funny guy. Then I realized I might have the opportunity to go to school for free and maybe even put my mother in position to where she doesn't have to work any more. I had to try and take that opportunity and quit being funny in class and stuff like that. There's no goofball left in me. I went to the parties in junior college as a freshman. I don't do that now. I stay to myself because I want to do this job they gave me the opportunity to do."


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