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Former QB Gray Crow pledges $5,000 to UM — and another cool gift

Quarterback Gray Crow, shown during the Miami Hurricanes spring game of 2012, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Quarterback Gray Crow, shown during the Miami Hurricanes spring game of 2012, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Gray Crow’s playing time as a Miami Hurricane quarterback was limited to two games as a redshirt freshman, but his generosity will be broad reaching.

Crow, a former three-star recruit out of Clearwater Countryside when he arrived at UM in January of 2012 to participate in spring football, not only is donating $5,000 toward the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility, but he has made a planned gift to UM, which in the future would set up a $500,000 endowment fund in his name to provide football scholarship support.

The commitment was his way of giving back to the Hurricanes, who gave him a scholarship that allowed him to not only play football, but to graduate in December of 2015 as a political science major.

“My grandfather went to the University of Miami on the GI Bill in the 1950s,’’ Crow said, “and got his business degree. It’s important for me to leave a legacy.’’

Crow has spent the past year as an advisor at a Miami financial firm, and plans to attend law school, a longtime dream.

The $500,000 planned gift is “in the form of a life insurance contract,’’ he said. “I don’t have a half-million-dollar check to cut, obviously, because a 23-year-old can’t do that. But I’m very young and healthy, fresh out of college football, and it’s easier for me to do it that way.

“You’re essentially leaving a legacy to the school. I’ve spent the past year in the securities business, and that was the bulk of what I did for people. I started a new chapter in my life and I felt like it was a good gesture.’’

Crow, listed as 6-3 and 224 pounds as a player, finished his UM career after the 2015 season. His final numbers: six completions of eight attempts for 55 yards and a touchdown against Savannah State.

Of his $5,000 pledge – he is one of 80 former student-athletes who had donated a total of about $1.75 million, as of earlier this week, to the indoor practice facility – Crow said this: “One day I’ll take my children and grandchildren to the facility and show them I was part of this.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility is at 5:30 pm Thursday at Greentree Field. The Miami Hurricanes Facebook page will stream the ceremony live.

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