- Jack Crabtree
University of Oregon
DraftedRound=12 / 136
Awards= 1958 Rose Bowl MVP
Denver Broncos (AFL)
Los Angeles Chargers (AFL)
Jack Crabtree is a former
American football quarterbackwho was the most valuable playerof the 1958 Rose Bowl, despite the fact that his team lost the game.
Crabtree grew up in
Lakewood, Californiaand attended Excelsior High School in nearby Norwalk where he starred at quarterback.cite news|work= Long Beach Press-Telegram|date= October 5 1956|title=UCLA tackles Oregon] He attended San Bernardino Junior College before attending the University of Oregonand became the starting quarterback for the Oregon Ducks footballteam in his senior season of 1957.cite web|url=http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=0&SPID=3169&DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=227071|title=Jack Crabtree|publisher=GoDucks.com|accessdate=2008-03-10]
In 1957, Crabtree led the Ducks to a tie for the
Pacific Coast Conferencechampionship with Oregon State. Since Oregon State had gone to the Rose Bowl the previous year, the unranked Ducks earned a berth in the 1958 Rose Bowlagainst heavily-favored and top-ranked Ohio State.cite news|url=http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/dt.cms.support.viewStory.cls?cid=38609&sid=7&fid=2|title=Mighty Oregon honor: Fifty years ago, the Ducks fought No. 1 Ohio State to a near draw in the 1958 Rose Bowl|last=Bellamy|first=Ron|work= Register-Guard|date= December 23 2007|accessdate=2008-03-10] In the game, Crabtree completed 10 of 17 passes for 135 yards—huge numbers for those days—and the Ducks nearly pulled off a major upset, tying the game 7-7 in the second quarter and holding the score until the fourth quarter when a Buckeye field goal put Ohio State ahead for good, 10-7.cite web|url=http://www.sports-venue.info/NCAAF/Bowls/T_Rose_Bowl_Timeline.html|title=Rose Bowl Timeline|publisher=Pasadena Tournament of Roses]
For his heroics in a losing effort, Crabtree was named Rose Bowl MVP, one of only two players from a losing Rose Bowl team to win the award outright. [Cal's
Benny Lom, who tackled teammate "Wrong Way" Riegels in the 1929 Rose Bowl, is the other; several players from losing teams have shared the award with players from the winning school.] cite web|url=http://www.rosebowlhistory.org/rosebowl-records.php|title=Rose Bowl History|publisher=RoseBowlHistory.org|accessdate=2008-03-10] Crabtree was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1998.cite web|url=http://www.tournamentofroses.com/history/halloffame.asp|title=Rose Bowl Hall of Fame|accessdate=2008-03-10|publisher=Pasadena Tournament of Roses]
Pro career and retirement
Crabtree was drafted in the 12th round of the
1958 NFL Draftby the Philadelphia Eaglesbefore spending two years in the United States Army. In 1960, he played briefly with the Denver Broncosand Los Angeles Chargersof the American Football League. Following his retirement from football, he worked for the Champion sportswear company, becoming manager of its west coast sales force.
Crabtree was named to the
Oregon Sports Hall of Famein 1981cite web|url=http://www.oregonsportshall.com/inductee/roll/football.htm|title=Inductees: Football|publisher=Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum|accessdate=2008-03-10] and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
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