|Date of birth:September 13, 1979|
|Place of birth: Avon Park, Florida|
|High school: Avon Park High School|
|College: Texas A&M Commerce|
|Undrafted in 2004|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Frankfurt Galaxy|
|Last played in 2010 for the Miami Valley Silverbacks|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Derrick Crawford (September 13, 1979) is an American indoor football defensive lineman who is currently a free agent. He has most recently played for the Cincinnati Commandos of the Continental Indoor Football League. He attended Avon Park High School in Avon Park, Florida, where he was a standout at tight end being named the 1997 Florida District 12 3A Player of the Year. After a junior college career at Trinity Valley Community College, Crawford attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where he was a standout on defense, twice being named to All-Lone Star Conference Teams and named the conference's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2003.
After his graduation, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, spending the 2004 season as a member of their practice squad. He was re-signed by the Bengals in 2005, where they assigned him to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. After limited success as a professional in outdoor football, Crawford signed to play Arena football in 2006. He spent the offseason with the Orlando Predators, but didn't see playing time until 2007 when he signed with the Las Vegas Gladiators. Crawford would again attempt indoor football in 2010, when he signed with the Miami Valley Silverbacks. He achieved a 2nd Team All-CIFL honor, while helping the Silverbacks make their second playoff appearance in team history. He signed with the Cincinnati Commandos in 2011, but was let go before the season started.
Trinity Valley Community College
Crawford attended Trinity Valley Community College, upon his graduation from Avon Park.
Crawford ended up at Texas A&M University–Commerce in 2001. He started at defensive tackle for the Lions as they posted a 7-4 record in 2001. Crawford helped the Lions 2-8 record in 2002, while on his way to a 2nd Team All-West Region Team by Daktronics, and a 2nd Team All-Lone Star Conference. His senior year, Crawford switched to defensive lineman, where he was named 1st Team All-Lone Star Conference in addition to winning the Conference's Defensive Lineman of the Year Award.
After graduation from Texas A&M-Commerce, Crawford signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 27, 2004. He was released by the Bengals on September 1, only to be re-signed December 1 as a practice squad member. He re-signed with the Bengals in the offseason of 2005.
Las Vegas Gladiators
Crawford played in his only arena football game in 2007 with the Las Vegas Gladiators. He recorded one game on the season.
Miami Valley Silverbacks
Crawford returned to playing football professionally in 2010 when he joined the Miami Valley Silverbacks of the Continental Indoor Football League. Crawford started every game for the Silverbacks at nose tackle. Crawford finished the season with 18.5 tackles and was second on the team with 6 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Crawford also scored two touchdowns for the Silverbacks on the season, with one coming on the final play of a 22–18 victory over the Wisconsin Wolfpack. Crawford recovered a missed field goal attempt and ran it into the end zone as time expired. Crawford was named second Team All-CIFL for his efforts during the 2010 season, helping the Silverbacks to a 4-6 record, and just their second playoff berth in franchise history.
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