ESPNU is presenting a very special presentation next Tuesday, September 25th as part of ESPN’s “Storied” series. The network will premiere the special, “Croom” next Tuesday night at 7pm EST.
“Croom” focuses on famed Mississippi State University coach Sylvester Croom. He’s seen some very high and some low points. Croom was part of three SEC Championship teams as a student athlete at the University of Alabama. He was also the first ever African American Center on the football team. Croom moved on to the NFL after his college career, where he served as an assistant coach for seventeen years before being considered for the head football coach of his alma mater. Ultimately, he would be beaten out by Mike Shula. It would be a year later when Croom took the helm of the embattled Mississippi State football program. Three straight winning seasons and back to back wins against the Crimson Tide in ’06 and ’07 along with a Liberty Bowl win and Coach of The Year honors would seemingly secure his place at Mississippi State. But that wouldn’t be the case, as he was surprisingly asked to step down from his post after the season that followed.
Croom showed that despite being asked to step down from his coaching position, he wouldn’t let that adversity keep him down. He returned to the NFL and now serves as part of the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff.
This powerful story of success over great odds and adversity is perfect for any college football fan. It airs on ESPNU next Tuesday night at 7pm EST.
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