Crawford looks back, forward |

Crawford looks back, forward

Tim Traeger

The Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe went fishing for a guest speaker Tuesday and landed a dolphin, a potential Miami Dolphin, that is.

1992 Whittell High grad Mike Crawford hopes to make the NFL for Jimmy Johnson’s team as a backup middle linebacker. He leaves for Florida in two weeks.

But at 6 feet 1 inch tall and 240 pounds, the former University of Nevada, Reno walk-on has his work cut out for him.

Addressing a crowd of about 60, Crawford recounted his days at Whittell and the struggle he went through to make the Wolf Pack squad.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NFL,” Crawford said. “I had to try and sell myself. I’ve always been underrated, but that motivated me all along.

“Now I have to go to work and run around and hit people.”

Crawford, a guest of Kiwanian and South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Jim Plake, autographed a football that was auctioned at the meeting. The $135 pledged by Kiwanian Josette Denton will go toward establishing a scholarship at Whittell.

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