Tyrone Crawford

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Tyrone Crawford
No. 98 Dallas Cowboys
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Windsor, Ontario
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Windsor (ON) Catholic Central
College: Boise State
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2015
Tackles: 56
Sacks: 4.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Tyrone Crawford (born November 22, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Boise State. The Cowboys drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 81st overall.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Canada, Crawford attended Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Ontario where he was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track and field). In football he played running back, outside linebacker and kick returner. He was voted first team all-conference (Windsor & Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association) during every one of his four prep seasons. As a junior he was named the conference’s MVP and received the Royal Arcanium Outstanding Athlete Award.

He practiced track and field as a freshman and sophomore, winning gold medals both years in the shot put and discus in his conference and at the OFSAA championships. In basketball as a senior he was named the MVP in his conference and received the Bill Rogin Award, for the best player in the Ontario secondary schools.

College career[edit]

Bakersfield College[edit]

He was recruited by Boise State University and Michigan State University, but the academic curriculum from his Canadian high school didn't meet NCAA requirements, so he enrolled at Bakersfield College in 2008. After concentrating on just playing football and the defensive end position, he was named first-team all-conference as freshman in 2008. In 2009, he was honoured as an junior college first-team All-America and was named to both first-team all-state and conference. He also was awarded as the defensive's most valuable player for the Renegades. He registered 42 tackles (28 solo), including 14 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was ranked as one of the most talented JUCO prospects in the nation.[2] He committed to Boise State.

Boise State University[edit]

In his first season at Boise State University, as a junior in 2010, Crawford appeared in each of the Broncos 13 games as a back-up defensive end. He registered 32 tackles on the season (13 solo), including 13.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for most on the team, and 7.0 sacks, the second-most on the team. In 2011, Crawford started in 12 games, and he recorded 44 total tackles (20 solo), including 13.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He was named first team All-Mountain West Conference for his performance.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

He was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the national scouting combine.[4]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Crawford was selected in the third round (81st overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft. On June 13, 2012, Crawford signed a 4-year deal receiving a $575,252 signing bonus and a $390,000 base salary in 2012. His base salaries from 2013-15 are $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000.[5]

As a rookie he played the left defensive end spot in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3–4 defense. He was a reserve player and finished with 33 tackles (18 solo) and five quarterback pressures.

The next year defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was hired to change the defense to a 4-3 alignment and Crawford was expected to backup the strongside defensive end position and play both defensive tackle spots in passing situations. On July 21, 2013, he suffered a torn Achilles on the first full day of training camp and was placed on the injured reserve list.[6]

Entering 2014, there were initial plans to evaluate him in the 3-technique defensive tackle spot vacated by free agent Jason Hatcher, but after the signing of Henry Melton he was kept at defensive end. During the regular season Melton struggled as he recovered from offseason surgery and worked through a groin strain, so Crawford was forced to play defensive tackle in week 3 against the New Orleans Saints and would earn the starter job. He finished with three sacks and 29 quarterback pressures.


  1. ^ Lourie, Steven. "Dallas Cowboys 2012 Draft Grades". Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Tyrone-Crawford-103605
  3. ^ http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120611aab.html
  4. ^ Watkins, Calvin. "Tyrone Crawford has heart murmur". ESPNDallas.com. ESPN. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Archer, Todd (June 13, 2012). "Tyrone Crawford signs four-year deal". ESPN. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Eatman, Nick (July 21, 2013). "Sun. Practice Recap: DE Crawford Suffers Season-Ending Injury". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 

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