Crawford shined as three-sport star in Houston

Carl Crawford, LF, Dodgers
Hometown: Houston

Everyone in the halls of Jefferson Davis High School likely knew his name.

Carl Crawford was a three-sport star at Jefferson Davis in his native Houston, excelling at basketball and football in addition to baseball.

Crawford averaged 25 points on the basketball court. When the school's starting quarterback went down with an injury, Crawford moved to the position his junior season and was so good the University of Nebraska offered him a scholarship as an option quarterback.

But where Crawford truly shined -- and where he still excels -- was on the baseball field. The speedy outfielder batted .563 his senior year and stole 29 bases. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays proceeded to take Crawford in the second round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft.

Crawford grew up playing baseball and was a Little League teammate of Indians outfielder Michael Bourn. He continues to support youth in the game through his Carl Crawford Youth Sports Foundation in Houston, which he founded in 2007.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.