North Carolina-Fred Crawford-October 2

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 2

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Another Saturday of college football games is in the books. Last week North Carolina defeated Pitt with some last second heroics. I went searching for who were the early All-Americans in college football from the state of North Carolina. The honor of first
All-American went to a football player from Duke named Fred Crawford.

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Coached by Duke University football coach Wallace Wade, Fred Crawford developed into one of the nation’s premier football players during the early 1930s.  He was the first native Tar Heel to become an College Football All-American.

Fred Crawford was born on July 27, 1910 in Waynesville, NC. Fred attended both Tuscola HS and The McCallie School. McCallie is a private boarding school in Chattanooga, TN.

Fred was the son of congressman William T Crawford.


Fred’s dad served three terms as a congressman representing the 9th and 10th Congressional Districts. Interestingly one of Congressman Crawford’s terms was a recount. He served two terms from 1891-1895. He lost the 1895 election to Richard Pearson who served from 1895-1897.

When he ran to be reelected in 1897 for the 97-99 term against Richard Pearson, he was initially declared the winner, but Pearson successfully contested the election and was seated for the last half of the Fifty-sixth Congress (May 10, 1900 to March 1901). William Crawford won election in 1907 and served a full third term from 1907-1909.

Fred  Crawford played defense and offense for Duke, but he earned his fame playing tackle.   In 1933, he earned All-American status and was considered one of the best eleven players in the nation.

As a professional, Crawford played for the Chicago Bears in 1935.  Too small for regular play in interior line, he gave up pro aspirations after single year. Had small roles in several movies before becoming deputy commissioner of Florida Motor Vehicles Division.



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