George Crowther
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Date of birth: October 3, 1891
Place of birth: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Career history
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First-team All-American, 1912

George M. "Kid" Crowther (October 3, 1891 - July 23, 1963) was an American football player. He was named the consensus All-American at quarterback in 1912.


A native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Crowther enrolled at Brown University where he played three years of varsity football. He was Brown's starting quarterback from 1910–1912.[1] He scored 77 points on 14 touchdowns and a field goal during his career at Brown. Crowther was considered "a slippery runner with good speed."[1] Crowther did not wear a helmet and instead played with a white elastic band around his head.[1]

Various accounts indicate that he weighed between 130 and 135 pounds while playing football at Brown.[1][2] He received the nickname "Kid" because of his small size.[2] In a game against Harvard in 1912, the Harvard coach suggested that the diminutive Crowther should be removed for the game "for his own safety," and Crowther responded with a 48-yard run for a touchdown in the game.[2] Crowther's run was Brown's only touchdown against Harvard; one newspaper described the play as follows: "The last period was played in twilight and it was then that Crowther, the Brown quarter back, ran half the length of the field for Brown's only touchdown."[3]

Crowther also handled kickoff and punt returns for Brown, and in 1911 he tied the Brown record for the longest kickoff return with a 110-yard return against UMass.[4] Crowther also had other long runs, including a 65-yard kickoff return against Bowdoin.[1] He also led Brown to a 30–7 win over Penn, Crowther reportedly "returned punts like a demon, and crisply directed four touchdown drives that had the fans at old Andrews Field delirious with joy."[1] At the end of the 1912 season, Crowthers was selected as a first-team All-American at the quarterback position by Walter Camp (for Collier's Weekly) and W.J. MacBeth.[5][6][7]

Crowther also played baseball at Brown and later in semi-professional leagues around New England.[1]

Crowther graduated from Brown in 1913.[1] He later recalled playing against Jim Thorpe in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Carlisle Indian School. He described Thorpe as the "best I ever played against."[8]

Crowther lived in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in his later years.[8] His wife, Elizabeth Crowther, died in September 1962.[9] Crowther died less than a year later in July 1963.

Crowther was posthumously inducted into the Brown University Hall of Fame in 1972.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "George M. Crowther profile". Brown University Hall of Fame.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "From Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana: Football". Brown University.
  3. "All Kinds of Playing". Anaconda Standard. 1912-10-27.
  4. Mike Szostak (2003-09-05). "Brown's All-Decade Team 1910-1919". The Providence Journal.
  5. "American Gridiron Lights Are Chosen: Camp Picks One Western Man on All-Star Team". The Indianapolis Star. 1912-12-03.
  6. "MacBeth Nominates an All-American Eleven". Salt Lake Tribune. 1912-12-08.
  7. "Picking "All-American" Teams a Fad: Here's Latest and It Comes from New York; And of Course, They're All Easterners, Havard, Carlisle and Dartmouth". The Lima News. 1912-12-10.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Fitchburg Puts Final Check On Thorpe, Residents Recall Baseball, Football Episodes". Fitchburg Sentinel. 1953-04-27.
  9. "Deaths: Mrs. George Crowther". Fitchburg Sentinel. 1962-09-17.

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