EDDIE CROWDER (August 26, 1931 – September 9, 2008) was an American football player and coach. He was an All-American quarterback (QB) and safety at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in the early 1950s and a successful head coach and athletic director (AD) at the University of Colorado (CU) in the 1960s and 1970s.
He is quoted as saying "Life is boring for someone trying to achieve greatness."
* 1 Early years * 2 Playing career * 3 Coaching career * 4 Later years * 5 Head coaching record * 6 Awards and honors * 7 References * 8 External links
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Crowder was a member of Oklahoma's first National Football Championship team in 1950 , and led Oklahoma to two Big Seven titles as quarterback in 1951 and 1952 and was selected all-conference the same years. Oklahoma was 26–4–1 (.855) during his three years as a player. He was 61 for 110 (.555) (might be 60 for 109 (.550)) with 11 touchdowns for 1189 (might be 1179) yards passing.
He was selected in the second round (22nd overall) of the 1953 NFL
Draft by the New York Giants , but declined due to a nerve problem in
his throwing arm and served in the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as
quarterback of the
Although selected by the Giants, Crowder went to
Crowder was an assistant coach under
Red Blaik at Army in 1955 and
In 1971 , CU was third in the nation at 10–2, behind only Big Eight rivals Nebraska (1) and Oklahoma (2). This was the first time that two teams from the same conference topped the final poll, and it remains as the only time that a conference had the top three.
Crowder currently has the third best record as head coach at Colorado at 67–49–2 (.576). His teams went to five bowl games while he was head coach: the 1967 Bluebonnet (W), 1969 Liberty (W), 1970 Liberty (L), and 1971 Astro-Bluebonnet (W), 1972 Gator (L). He assumed the athletic director duties in 1965, retired from coaching in 1973, and hired his three replacements: Bill Mallory (1974–1978), Chuck Fairbanks (1978–1981), and most importantly, Bill McCartney (1982–1994), CU's all-time winningest coach at 93–55–5 (.624).
Crowder stepped down as AD in 1986.
With his wife Kate, Crowder resided in Boulder after his retirement
from CU. He maintained ties to both Oklahoma and Colorado football
programs, and assisted in the selections of Oklahoma head coach Bob
Stoops and Colorado head coach
HEAD COACHING RECORD
YEAR TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STANDING BOWL/PLAYOFFS COACHES# AP°
COLORADO BUFFALOES ( Big Eight Conference ) (1963–1973)
1963 Colorado 2–8 2–5 6th
1964 Colorado 2–8 1–6 7th
1965 Colorado 6–2–2 4–2–1 3rd
1966 Colorado 7–3 5–2 2nd
1967 Colorado 9–2 5–2 T–2nd W Bluebonnet 13
1968 Colorado 4–6 3–4 T–4th
1969 Colorado 8–3 5–2 3rd W Liberty
1970 Colorado 6–5 3–4 4th L Liberty 16
1971 Colorado 10–2 5–2 3rd W Astro-Bluebonnet 7 3
1972 Colorado 8–4 4–3 T–3rd L Gator 14 16
1973 Colorado 5–6 2–5 T–6th
COLORADO: 67–49–2 39–37–1
AWARDS AND HONORS
* All-Conference (Big-Seven) 1951, 1952 * All-American , 1952 * Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, 1990 * Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 2003 * University of Colorado athletic hall of fame, 2004 * FWAA Citation of Honor, 2007
* ^ Wyatt, Hugh (February 4, 2000). "February 4, 2000 news".
Retrieved August 22, 2007.
* ^ A B C D Tom Kensler (September 10, 2008). "Former CU coach
Crowder dies". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 10, 2008.
* ^ "Crowder signs 5-year Colorado U. grid pact". Deseret News.
(Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. January 2, 1963. p. 6B.
* ^ "Voters unanimously pick Nebraska as top grid team". Lewiston
Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 4, 1972. p. 11.
* ^ "The
Harris Interactive College Football Poll - 2006
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