Derrick Crawford

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Derrick Crawford
Free Agent
Defensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-09-13) September 13, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: Avon Park, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
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
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 1st Team-All Lone Star Conference (2002)
  • 1st Team-All Lone Star Conference (2003)
  • Lone Star Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year (2003)
  • 2nd Team All-CIFL (2010)
Career Arena football statistics
Tackles 1
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.

Early life[edit]

Crawford 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.[1]

College career[edit]

Trinity Valley Community College[edit]

Crawford attended Trinity Valley Community College, upon his graduation from Avon Park.

UCF[edit]

Crawford was to attend the University of Central Florida in 2000,[2] but he never played for the Golden Knights.

Texas A&M-Commerce[edit]

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.[3] Crawford helped the Lions 2-8 record in 2002,[4] while on his way to a 2nd Team All-West Region Team by Daktronics,[5] and a 2nd Team All-Lone Star Conference.[6] 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.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

After graduation from Texas A&M-Commerce, Crawford signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 27, 2004.[8] 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.[9]

Orlando Predators[edit]

Crawford signed with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League for the 2005 season. But before he played with the Predators, he re-signed with the Bengals.[10]

Frankfurt Galaxy[edit]

The Bengals assigned Crawford to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe on February 15, 2005. For the season, Crawford recorded 3 sacks for a total of 24 yards lost.[11]

Las Vegas Gladiators[edit]

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[edit]

Crawford returned to playing football professionally in 2010 when he joined the Miami Valley Silverbacks of the Continental Indoor Football League.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

Cincinnati Commandos[edit]

In 2011, Crawford signed with the Cincinnati Commandos in the offseason,[15] but never played with the Commandos in a regular season game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Durward Buck (November 24, 1997). "DeMeyer, Brown named Most Valuable Players". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jamal Thalji (August 25, 2000). "UCF at a glance". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lone Start Conference South Capsules". Amarillo Globe-News. August 30, 2003. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lone Star Conference Capsules". Amarillo Globe-News. August 28, 2003. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "WT's Thompson, ENMU's Martinez selected D-II first-team all-region". Amarillo Globe-News. December 21, 2002. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2002 LSC All-Conference Football Team". lonestarconference.org. Lone Star Conference. November 21, 2002. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Scoreboard". Amarillo Globe-News. November 20, 2003. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "UDFA Free Agents Sign With NFL Teams". profootball.scout.com. Scout.com. April 28, 2004. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Derrick Crawford, DL, Free Agent". kffl.com. KFFL. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Orlando Predators 2005 Preseason Prospectus". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 4, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Derrick Crawford - The Football Database". footballdb.com. The Football Database. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Derrick Crawford MV Silverbacks Bio". silverbacksfootball.com. Miami Valley Silverbacks. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ "CIFL 2010 Season - Miami Vy Silverbacks". CIFLFootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Silverbacks steal win from Wolfpack in wild finish". oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 16, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Sam Greene (November 16, 2010). "Commandos prep for season with some new faces". Kentucky Post. Retrieved April 18, 2012.