Susannah Crawford Inducted into Stone Lions Hall of Fame
Our dear Sus was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the team.
Captain Gina Durkan presented the award with the following speech:
“This is the first time we’ve presented this award for a long while.
As Sus’s last game with us for a little bit, I think it’s only fitting to share what an asset she’s been to the team.
On the pitch, Sus is an absolutely amazing player. One word I like to describe her as is “a juggernaut” though I’ve also heard “tank,” “wrecker,” “steamroller,” and “beast” from other side-line admirers.
It’s unbelievable how she plows through our poor opponents. I don’t think I’ve ever seen only one person be able to take her down, usually it can only be done by a whole swarm of players. When she starts her run down the field, us forwards are always thinking, “Oh shit! There’s no way in hell we can reach her” and sometimes there’s no need because she’s already darned touched the ball down in the try zone.
Every game–she amazes me. There’s not been a single one that my jaw hasn’t dropped because of some fantastic run or slam that she did.
Off the pitch, Sus proved her worth as well. Last year, our club was falling apart. Barely eight girls would show up to practice. We even had to forfeit our last year’s spring match to Memphis because of lack of numbers. Now, this spring is a completely different story. I even remember feeling that last summer there were only three of us on the team.
Sus had a vision for the Stone Lions. When she took presidency with the new board, we had a tough decision to make. It was brave of her to follow through with our vote no matter how hard it was. After our total reorganization, the team has grown in numbers as well as enthusiasm and morale.
But beyond the pitch and functions of the team, Sus has always been a wonderful friend. When the new board sat down to discuss our goals, our main focus was to form not just a full-side team but also a family. She followed through on this too by being there for anyone that needed her.
Personally, I don’t know how I would have made it through last season without her. During a vulnerable moment in my life–she showed up to my house with a huge Sus hug, gallon of wine, and some J.Lo comedy about having babies. I’ll never forget how she made me feel that day nor her drive make all of us feel better when we needed it.
I’m sure it’s that same dedication to serving others that became her reason to sign up for the Peace Corps and then persistently follow through with joining. Now, I don’t know a great deal about the Corps but I do know the main purpose is to provide social and economic assistance to underprivileged countries. There’s a JFK quote that I think describes Sus’s eagerness to be in the Corps: “…the [Corps member’s] life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates – who works in a foreign land – will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.”
Though Sus will not be playing with us–what she has worked so passionately for will still exist and prosper as she’s fulfilling “world peace.” And we’ll be impatiently waiting for her return to the pitch.
In the meantime, Ashley came up with a brilliant idea a while ago on how to ensure new players will know of Sus’s contributions to the team. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to honor her.
After a 10-year hiatus, Nashville Women’s Rugby Football Club tonight reinstates our Hall of Fame with Sus’s name to be the first revealed on the plaque.
Sus, thank you for everything you’ve done.
I’d like all of you to raise your glass for Sus and wish her the best on her next amazing adventure.