BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Every time Carson Crawford steps onto the football field, he thinks about the people who inspire him the most.
“Where I get my emotion and where I get my hard work [ethic] comes from my Dad and my Mom,” said Crawford. “That’s truly what has made me the person I am today, and honestly the athlete I am today. [My parents taught me] to never give up [and] to always be working your hardest.”
Crawford still remembers a heartbreaking moment a few years ago that would change his life.
“My Dad informed me and my sister that he’s been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Honestly, it hit me pretty hard,” said Crawford. “He had a bone marrow transplant, and he went through all that. He was in the hospital for about – I think for a little over or under – two months. He had to overcome so much more than I ever did but I think it brought my family closer together, and made me actually turn into a more mature guy.
“My Dad’s doing really well. He’s working every day. He’s doing a really good job. He’s still connected with the Portland State athletics. He went there and played quarterback .”
His father Chris Crawford led the Vikings to the National Championship game in 1987 and 1988. Chris was inducted into Portland State’s athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.
“I received a full-ride scholarship to Portland State,” said Carson. “I truly believe that I earned that, and my Dad believes that too. Getting an offer like that just really adds a cherry on top. It really made my Dad smile, and it made him feel good that people are recognizing what I’ve done so far this year. And it’s actually really nice.”
“Last year as a slot receiver [Carson] had over 850 yards of receiving yards for us [in] what I think is third all-time here at Beaverton,” Jimmy Joyce, Beaverton’s offensive coordinator, said. “When you look back over the history of the school, we have some guys that are actually the national record holders in receiving yards. So to be third on that list is quite impressive.”
“Many don’t know I still played quarterback in practice last year, because they knew I was going to be quarterback next year,” said Carson. “So in between slot reps I’d go and play quarterback with the second team, and I think that helped me so much more with gaining my [offensive] lines ability of what I could do.”
“He knows all [of] the plays. He knows what to check to. He knows what coverage they’re in [and] where to throw it, and that’s why I think he’s been very successful this year,” Jacob Williams, a senior linebacker at Beaverton, said.
One of Crawford’s goals is to help Beaverton grab its first football state title since 1999.
“Coach Joyce was actually on that team,” said Carson with a smile. “I think it would be amazing but I think our goal right now is to win this next game [against Westview on Friday, Oct. 21]. I think that last year’s [postseason] experience is going to pay dividends in this playoffs.”