49 Days to Miami football: Maurice Crum 2x All-American linebacker

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 27:. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 27:. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

Maurice Crum was a two-time All-American linebacker with the Miami football program from 1987-90. Crum played on the 1987 and 1989 Hurricanes National Championship teams.

Maurice Crum joined the Miami football team from Hillsborough High School in Tampa for their second National Championship season as a freshman in 1987. Crum became a force in the middle of the Hurricanes defense as a sophomore in 1988. Crum led Miami in tackles his final three seasons from 1988-1990.

Crum was part of stout Miami Hurricanes’ defense in each of his four seasons. In the first three seasons with Crum on the Miami defense, the Hurricanes finished first or second in the nation in scoring. The fell to ninth during his senior year in 1990. Miami allowed an average of 11.5 points per game in Crum’s four seasons.

Crum was part of an outstanding linebacking corps with the Miami football team in the late 1980s. That included stars George Mira Jr. and Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player Bernard Clark. A second-team All-American in 1988 and consensus first-team All-American in 1990, Crum was also a Butkus Award Finalist.

An elite all-around athlete, Crum also played on the Miami baseball team. During his Miami career, Crum had an interception in each season, returning two of those for touchdowns. Following his Miami career, Crum was on the rosters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Thunder and Predators and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Through the above teams, Crum played in the NFL, World League of American Football and the Canadian Football League. Following his playing career Crum has risen to a deputy in the Orange County Sherrif’s office in Orlando. Crum’s son Maurice Jr. played collegiately at Notre Dame.

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Maurice Jr. is currently the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky. A National Champion under Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson, two-time  All-American and player during the dynasty era of  Miami football, Maurice Crum Sr. is the best player in Hurricanes history to wear number 49.