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Eddie Crowder
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]

Contents

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

Early years[edit] Born in Arkansas City, Kansas, Crowder was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He played quarterback at Muskogee Central High School and won the state championship in 1948.[2] Playing career[edit] 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.[2] 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
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
as quarterback of the Fort Hood
Fort Hood
team for 1953. His jersey number was 16 and was listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and 170 lb (77 kg). Although selected by the Giants, Crowder went to Canada
Canada
in 1953 and played the first half of the season with the Edmonton Eskimos, alternating starts at quarterback with Claude Arnold. He was cut by head coach Darrell Royal
Darrell Royal
because of limitations on the number of American players that a team could carry past a certain date. Crowder led the Eskimos to victory in all four of his games, but Royal decided to stick with the veteran Arnold. In a game in Calgary on September 5, Crowder played the full game at quarterback without throwing a single pass; all the passes were thrown by halfbacks Rollie Miles and Billy Vessels. "Easy Ed" was one of many Oklahoma grads to play for the Eskimos in the 1950s. Coaching career[edit] Crowder was an assistant coach under Red Blaik
Red Blaik
at Army in 1955 and for Bud Wilkinson back at Oklahoma for eight seasons (1956–1962). He became the head coach of the Buffaloes in January 1963 and restored the program's respectability and earned national respect while rebuilding the program. His initial contract was for five years at $15,000 per year.[3] 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,[4] 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. Later years[edit] 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 Dan Hawkins. He was also a voter in the Harris College Football Poll.[5] Crowder battled Hodgkin's lymphoma
Hodgkin's lymphoma
in 2003,[6] and died of leukemia in 2008.[2][7] Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°

Colorado Buffaloes
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

20

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

16

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

Total: 67–49–2

#Rankings from final Coaches Poll. °Rankings from final AP Poll.

Awards and honors[edit]

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[2] FWAA Citation of Honor, 2007[8][9]

References[edit]

^ 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 panelists". HarrisInteractive.com. Harris Interactive. December 3, 2006. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2007.  ^ Armstrong, Jim (January 30, 2004). "Crowder counts blessings" (PDF). Denver Post. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 22, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2007.  ^ http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=1579165 ^ Camera staff (August 9, 2007). "Former CU coach Crowder receives prestigious honor". DailyCamera.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2007.  ^ Kensler, Tom (August 9, 2007). "Buffs like fast-break football". Denver Post. Retrieved August 22, 2007. 

External links[edit] Eddie Crowder
Eddie Crowder
at Find a Grave

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