Former Coach Dan Crookham to be Inducted into American Football Hall

Former longtime football coach at several Tulsa Public Schools Dan Crookham will be posthumously inducted into the American Football Hall of Fame at a banquet Jan. 17 in Miami, Fla., along with 21 other men. A local celebration for Crookham’s induction will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 9 at Stokely Event Center, 10111 E. 45th Pl.

Crookham coached football, wrestling, track and soccer at East Central, Will Rogers and Edison High Schools between 1970 and his death in 2006. He was Edison’s athletic director at the time. He also spent time coaching in Lawton, Locust Grove and in Kansas and Texas. Crookham was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Aside from coaching, Crookham served as an ambassador for American football, introducing the sport to other countries such as Russia, England, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. He also helped establish the East-West All America Classic and the Greater Tulsa Bowl football games.

He earned his place in the American Football Hall of Fame through a lifetime of devotion and tremendous accomplishment. Crookham joins the ranks of football players and coaches from all levels of the sport, ranging from pro football to high school. Only those who exhibit extraordinary contribution to American football are eligible to receive this distinguished honor.

Updated 01-28-2013

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