Edward Slater Crawford

Born: July 25, 1934
Died: July 9, 2017
Hometown: Jackson, TN
Year of Induction: 2012

College career at Ole Miss (1953-56):

• Last known three-sport lettermen in Mississippi.

• Started three seasons in football leading Rebels to

a 26-6 record.

• Standout on the 1954 and 1955 teams that

finished 19-3 and won back-to-back SEC championships.

• Captained the 1956 Ole Miss baseball team, led

the SEC in home runs and was named first team


• Lettered in basketball (1955).

• Drafted in the 13th round with the 153rd overall by

the New York Giants in the 1956 NFL draft


Professional career (1957)

• Played in 12 games and recorded two catches for

40 yards with one interception for the Giants.

• Played alongside fellow Hall of Fame inductees

Charlie Conerly and Jimmy Patton.


Coaching career

• Head football coach, Greenville High School


• Head football coach and athletic director, Jackson

High School (1960-1961)

• Head basketball coach, Ole Miss (1962-1968)

• Assistant football coach, Ole Miss (1962-1979)

• Led Greenville High School to a Big Eight

Conference championship in his only year as

head coach (1959)

• Worked on fellow Hall of Fame inductee John

Vaught’s staff, helping the Rebel football team to

two national championships and two SEC titles


Administrative work.

. Served Ole Miss in various capacities for 47 years, including athletic director emeritus from 2004 until the time of his induction.


Did You Know?

Eddie once scored four touchdowns in a game against LSU at Baton Rouge, two on pass receptions, one running the ball and another on a pass interception. He credits that performance for earning his first date with his future wife, Shirley, who was an Ole Miss cheerleader at the time.