Tarboro's Craddock finishes runner-up for national award


Tarboro coach Jeff Craddock, right, and Tarboro offensive coordinator Ricky Babb celebrate following the Vikings' 50-10 win over East Surry in NCHSAA 1-AA state championship game in December.


Sports Writer

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Tarboro football coach Jeff Craddock, one of 32 high school football coaches across the country nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award, finished as the runner-up, it was announced during the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday. 

The winner — Gabe Infante of St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia — was announced between the third and fourth quarters of the game, with Infante receiving the award during a break in action in the fourth quarter. 

Craddock, who led his Vikings this past fall to the 1-AA state title, will still receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation for his runner-up finish, $10,000 of which will go towards the Tarboro High School football program. 

And, as one of two finalists, Craddock will also receive an invitation the Super Bowl, according to a spokesperson, where he will be able to watch former Tarboro High running Todd Gurley play for the Los Angeles Rams.