Name: Eric Crouch
- University of Nebraska (’97-’01)
- St. Louis Rams (’02)
- Green Bay Packers (’04)
- Kansas City Chiefs (’05)
- Hamburg Sea Devils (NFL Europe, ’05)
- Toronto Argonauts (CFL, ’06-’07)
- Team Texas (AAFL, ’08 )
- 2001 Heisman Trophy Winner
- 2001 Davey O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Award, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
- Nebraska’s all-time leader in total offense (7,915 yards), total TD’s (88), rushing yards by a quaterback (3,434), rushing attempts by a quarterback (648), longest run from scrimmage (95 yds), wins as a starter (35), and more…
- One of three quarterbacks in NCAA history (D1) to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career
- NCAA record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59)
- 3rd round draft pick by St. Louis (as a wide receiver)
- Has never played in an NFL game (has had stints on the practice squads of St. Louis, Green Bay, and Kansas City)
RFPoftheDay.com makes its first dive into the wealth of RFP’s associated with Nebraska Cornhusker football. The Huskers’ option attack was known for creating college superstars whose skills didn’t translate well into NFL offenses. I was originally going to do this blog post on former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips (’93-’96, whose skills actually would have translated quite nicely into the NFL had he been able to stay out of trouble), but upon reading further about him and his off the field problems I realized three things. 1. This guy was an even bigger idiot than I thought. 2. His knack for being a complete jackass makes him not worth my time to write about. And 3. He deserves to be forgotten.
Time to move on to today’s actual RFP, Mr. Eric Crouch:
Gotta love it when a Heisman Trophy winner never plays a single play in the NFL. Crouch won the 2001 Heisman after leading Nebraska to an 11-1 regular season record and a (highly controversial) berth in the BCS National Championship game (even after getting thrashed by Colorado in their final regular season game. I’m an Oregon fan, I won’t let this go). The vote for the Heisman that year was the closest in the award’s history, and Crouch was able to just squeak by 4 other quarterbacks, all of whom went on to have rough NFL careers: Rex Grossman, Ken Dorsey, Joey Harrington, and David Carr (see the voting results).
(Above: Crouch getting his jersey retired at Nebraska)
You may also remember Crouch as the cover athlete for NCAA Football 2K3. Is this our first RFP who actually graced the cover of a video game?
Man, people love giving Crouch a hard time for his failure as a pro. The Colorado fans over at Buffs.tv are a good example (Link 1) (Link 2). Then there’s this guy, who wants to make sure everyone knows Crouch couldn’t make it in the CFL either. And if your reading this and drinking a 40 (if you are a Nebraska football fan I imagine you are doing a lot of that these days), this guy wants you to go ahead and pour it out for Eric Crouch’s career (c’mon, do it, we know you have plenty more in the fridge).
Ok, enough Crouch bashing, here’s a feel good story published in the New York Times in 2001 about the adversity Crouch had to overcome as a child and the relationship he has with his mother.
What is Eric Crouch doing these days? He’s signed with Team Texas of the upstart AAFL, but the league is already having problems, as it has postponed its inaugural season until 2009. In the meantime, Crouch is apparently holding out hope that an NFL team will pick him up again. He was spotted in April throwing balls to Oklahoma WR Malcolm Kelly at OU’s NFL Draft Pro Day.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to start collecting RFP autographed mini-helmets like this one. But I’ve gotta wonder, why in the world is this Crouch-signed Green Bay helmet out of stock? Someone bought that?
For the more die hard Husker fan, this item might be of interest.
Crouch certainly has no shortage of Youtube vids. Here are a few:
Eric Crouch highlight reel:
Crouch CATCHING a touchdown pass
95-yard TD run against Missouri
Ah heck, you can browse for yourself
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