Crowell playing for the Cleveland Browns in 2016
|No. 34 Cleveland Browns|
|Date of birth:||January 8, 1993|
|Place of birth:||Columbus, Georgia|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Columbus (GA) Carver|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
Crowell attended George Washington Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia, where he played football and ran track. During his career, he rushed for 4,872 yards with 61 touchdowns on 429 carries. He was considered the No. 1 running back recruit by Scout.com and the fourth-best by Rivals.com.
Also a standout track & field athlete, Crowell lettered all four years competing as a sprinter and long-distance runner. He won the 100-meter dash event at the 2009 MCSD Meet, recording a career-best time of 10.91 seconds. He posted career-bests of 22.38 in the 200m, 52.53 in the 400m, and 12:36.84 in the 3200m.
Starting running back Washaun Ealey's transferring to Jacksonville State in the spring led to a vacancy at that position for the 2011 season at the University of Georgia. Second string running back Caleb King was next in line to take over as the team's starting running back, but the senior was declared academically ineligible on July 8. The position was wide open during football practices in August and leading up to Georgia's opening game at the Georgia Dome against Boise State on September 3. He earned the starting running back job for the Bulldogs as a freshman for their September 17 game against Coastal Carolina. However, it was his fine performance against South Carolina on September 10 that created Crowell's chance to take over the starting role as tailback as the 6-0, 215-pound true freshman scored two touchdowns while rushing 16 times for 118 yards and catching two passes for 40 yards against the Gamecocks in a 45-42 heartbreaking loss to Coach Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks Against Coastal Carolina, Crowell had 16 rushes for 86 yards and highlighted his performance with a 27-yard touchdown run to open the game as Georgia went on to defeat the Chanticleers 59-0. He also had a 12-yard reception in the contest.
After starting off 0-2, coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs went on a 10-game winning streak and a first-place ranking in the SEC East, which placed UGA in the SEC Championship Game on December 3. Georgia had a 10-2 record as the AP College Football Poll ranked the Bulldogs No. 12 in the country.
During the season, Crowell had some breakout performances, such as his 30 carries, 147 yard-outing against Ole Miss on September 24 in Oxford, Mississippi as Georgia won 27-13. Crowell followed up the Ole Miss performance with 104 yards rushing against Mississippi State on October 1 as Georgia defeated the MSU Bulldogs, 24-10. He apparently had scored on a 49-yard touchdown run in the contest, but that play was cut short to only 14 yards after the line judge had determined that Crowell's shoe had just touched the sideline — it appeared to be very close according to video replay. On October 8 at Knoxville, Tennessee, Crowell ran into a stout Tennessee defense as he scored two touchdowns but was contained to 19 rushes for 58 yards and two receptions for five yards. Georgia defeated Tennessee 20-12.
Later in the season on October 29, Crowell helped Georgia win a slugfest against rival Florida 24-20 as the true freshman ran with the football 18 times for 81 yards. Crowell had another breakout performance – this one against Auburn as he rushed 24 times for 132 yards and a touchdown on November 12 as Georgia won big 45-7. He also caught a pass for one yard against the Tigers.
An injury slowed Crowell down near the end of the regular season as he suffered a high ankle sprain on November 19 against Kentucky as the running back finished with two rushes for 11 yards. Georgia defeated the Wildcats 19-10. This caused Crowell to miss the regular-season finale against in-state rival Georgia Tech on November 26.
Georgia played nationally ranked No. 1 LSU (12–0) in the SEC Championship Game on December 3 as Crowell and the Bulldogs would go on to take a lead and go into the locker room at halftime up 10-7. He struggled to get on track against the tough Tiger defense as Crowell finished with 10 rushes for 15 yards and a catch for negative three yards. LSU, led by defensive back-punt returner Tyrann Mathieu, exploded in the second half as the Tigers won the contest, 42-10.
Crowell finished the season with 185 carries for 850 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also had eight receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. On December 5, Crowell was named freshman of the year by The Associated Press. The Georgia Bulldogs were invited to play No. 12 nationally ranked Michigan State (10-3) in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. on January 2. Georgia lost the game in the third overtime 33-30 and fell to 10-4.
On June 29, 2012, Crowell was arrested on possession of a weapon in a school zone, possession of a firearm with an altered identification, and carrying a concealed firearm. Crowell was dismissed from the University of Georgia football team due to his arrest and his constant disciplinary problems---including failing a drug test.
During the 2012 season, Crowell ran the ball well, having several good games for Alabama State, including the breakout performance he displayed on September 29 by rushing for 127 yards, which included a 61-yard touchdown run in a 54-14 win against Alcorn State. He finished the season as the Hornets' leading rusher while helping Alabama State complete a 7-4 record.
In the 2013 season, Crowell helped lead Alabama State to an 8-4 record, good for third place in the SWAC East Division. He finished the year with 1,121 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. His best game that season came against Jackson State, where he rushed 18 times for 179 yards (averaging 9.9 yards a carry) and a touchdown. However, Alabama State lost to the Jackson State Tigers 30-23. Crowell had five 100-yard rushing games in 2013. After the 2013 season, Crowell declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. He finished 20th in the 2013 Walter Payton Award Voting.
On September 7, 2014, Crowell made his NFL debut, running for 32 yards on 5 carries and two touchdowns in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. On September 14, 2014, Crowell ran for 54 yards on 11 carries against the New Orleans Saints. The Browns won their first home opener in a decade. On September 21, 2014, Crowell scored his 3rd touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. Crowell and rookie running back Terrence West each scored a rushing touchdown, the first time two Browns rookies have done that since 1979 (Dino Hall and Pat Moriarty). On October 12, 2014, Crowell ran for 77 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On November 6, 2014, Crowell scored his 4th touchdown of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals. On November 16, 2014, Crowell ran for 61 yards on 14 carries against the Houston Texans. On November 23, 2014, Crowell ran for a season-high 88 yards on 12 carries and 2 touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons. On December 7, 2014, Crowell scored his 8th touchdown of the season against the Indianapolis Colts. He finished the season playing 16 games for 607 rushing yards on 148 attempts (4.1 yards per attempt) and 8 touchdowns plus 9 receptions for 87 yards while starting 4 games. Among rookies, Crowell ranks 5th in rushing yards, only 1 of 9 rookies to break 500 yards, and 1 of 5 to break 600 yards. Crowell was ranked 2nd in rushing touchdowns among rookies, just behind Cincinnati Bengals' running back Jeremy Hill.
On September 20, 2015, Crowell ran for 72 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. On October 4, 2015, Crowell ran for 63 yards on 12 carries against the San Diego Chargers, including a 32-yard run. Crowell recorded a career-high 62 receiving yards, including a career-long 53-yard catch. Crowell recorded 125 total yards and running back Duke Johnson recorded 116 total yards as well, this marked the first time the Browns had two running backs each record more than 100 total yards in the same game since 2004 (Lee Suggs with 119 yards and William Green with 115). On October 11, 2015, Crowell scored his first touchdown reception of his career against the Baltimore Ravens. On December 6, 2015, Crowell ran for 62 yards on 11 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals. On December 13, 2015, Crowell ran for 145 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. Included, Crowell had a 50-yard run. Crowell was the Browns' first 100-yard rusher of the season. On December 27, 2015, Crowell ran for 88 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. Crowell finished the 2015 season with 706 yards on 185 carries with 4 touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards a carry. He played in all 16 games of the season and was the starting running back in 9 of those games. Among sophomore running backs, Crowell ranked 3rd in rushing yards, only behind Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman and Cincinnati Bengals' Jeremy Hill.
On September 11, 2016, Crowell ran for 62 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. On September 18, 2016, versus the Baltimore Ravens, Crowell recorded a career-long 85-yard touchdown run. The run was the second-longest rushing play in franchise history, behind Bobby Mitchell's 90-yard run in 1959. He finished the game with 133 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, averaging 7.4 yards per carry. On September 25, 2016, Crowell ran for 79 yards on 15 carries against the Miami Dolphins, including a 25-yard run. Crowell ran for 3 straight games with at a rushing average of at least five yards per carry for Crowell, a first in his career. On October 2, 2016, Crowell ran for 112 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. Crowell's 386 yards were the most by a Brown through the first four games of a season since Jim Brown recorded 476 yards in 1965. On October 23, 2016, Crowell ran for 63 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. On October 30, 2016, Crowell scored his 5th touchdown of the season against the New York Jets.
In July 2016, he posted on his Instagram a controversial image of a faceless person dressed in black, slitting the throat of a captive law enforcement officer with a knife; he later had the photo deleted and apologized for his actions.
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