Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Fred Crawford

Fred Crawford

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Duke
  • High School: Tuscola, NC (Tuscola HS)Chattanooga, TN (McCallie School)
  • Years: 1931-1933
  • Inducted: 1973
  • Place of Birth: Waynesville, NC
  • Date of Birth: Jul 27, 1910
  • Place of Death: Tallahassee, FL
  • Date of Death: Mar 05, 1974
  • Jersey Number: 32
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 195

Member Biography

Explosive quickness and an aggressness made Fred Crawford one of the best lineman in the south during the 1930s. Crawford was Duke University's first All-American as a consensus selection in 1933. Crawford's blocking and tackling skills combined speed, strength and deception. Hall of Famer Wallace Wade became Duke's head coach in 1931 during Crawford's first varsity year, stating that the lineman was one of the finest and quickest he ever coached. Tennessee Hall of Famer, Bobby Dodd, called him "one of the best tackles, if not the best, to play in our section of the country from 1930 to 1940." During Crawford's three varsity seasons, the Blue Devils compiled a record of 21-7-2. The 1933 team finished 9-1 and captured the Southern Conference championship. The only loss came in the final game of the season, 6-0 to Georgia Tech. Years later, Fred would be named to the all-time Sectional team for the South. After a brief motion picture career, Crawford played professional football with the Chicago Bears, then served in the Air Force during World War II. After the war, Fred settled in Florida where he worked for the State Motor Vehicle Department.