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October 1, 2013

National award named for Winamac’s Crawford

Award will go to nation's best small-college DB.

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Crawford is a 1974 grad of Winamac. He said football at Winamac was in its infancy when he was in high school.

“My freshman year was our first varsity team ever,” he said. “My brother was the quarterback on the first varsity team. Freshmen didn’t get to play varsity. I started my sophomore, junior and senior years.

“We played in the Northwest Hoosier Conference with North Judson, Knox, Twin Lakes, Rensselaer and Kankakee Valley. We played a lot of those schools for many, many years.”

Crawford said Bill Pugh was the Warriors’ first football coach.

“It was dive left, dive right, sweep left, sweep right. He had never heard of a pass. We beat a lot of teams just grinding it out,” Crawford said. “We had a lot of good individuals, a lot of farm boys that were strong and could compete with anybody.

“I was a halfback in high school. My speed carried me into college as a wide receiver.

Crawford, whose playing size in college was 5-10, 175 pounds, is from an athletic family. His cousin Shane Crawford won a state championship in the 100-meter dash for Winamac in 2007. He went on to win a Big Ten title in the event at Purdue and is continuing his track career as a professional. Crawford’s niece Kara Carreri went on to play basketball at Grand Valley St. His nephew Kyle Crawford went on to golf at Indianapolis.

Crawford has a stepdaughter, Alyssa Powers, 18, and daughter, Kelsey, 11, with his wife, Stephanie. He said he spends a lot of his free time now with travel softball with Kelsey as the sixth grader is on a top travel team for her age group.

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