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AUGUST 24, 2022


After graduating from Zephyr Cove’s Whittell High School in the early 1990s, all Mike Crawford wanted to do was play football for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

“They wouldn’t let me walk on,” Crawford recalled. “I was just not good enough. Too slow, too small. But I kept on them.”

In 1993, Crawford got his break. The Wolf Pack let him join its equipment team. And as long as he worked there, Nevada agreed to let him practice a little with the team. In 1994, he earned a scholarship. In 1995, he was second-team all-conference. In 1996, he was first-time all-conference. And in 1997, he was drafted into the NFL.

On Wednesday, things came full circle for Crawford, who led the Wolf Pack’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new playing surface at Mackay Stadium. Now the chief operating officer at Sparks-based ITS Logistics, Crawford’s business will have its name on Mackay’s turf after funding the $1.3 million project. It will officially be dubbed Chris Ault Field presented by ITS Logistics.