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Eric Crouch signs with UFL’s Nebraska team

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In a move that will surely get the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks some local publicity, the team has announced that former Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch has been signed to the active roster.

Crouch, who attended the Nighthawks’ open tryout in April and their minicamp in June, will compete with fellow quarterbacks D.J. Shockley and Jeremiah Masoli.

“I’m excited to play again, especially in my home town,” Crouch said in the team’s announcement. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and I will do everything I can to make Omaha proud of their team.”

After his Heisman-winning career at Nebraska, Crouch was a third-round pick of the Rams in the 2002 NFL draft. Rams coach Mike Martz wanted to turn Crouch from a run-first quarterback into a hybrid running back/receiver/return man, but Crouch decided he’d rather not play football at all than play a position other than quarterback, so he quit the Rams.

In 2005 Crouch decided to give football another shot, and he played safety for one season in NFL Europe. He finally got a chance to play quarterback professionally in 2006, playing briefly for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He has not played organized football since then.

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18 Responses to “Eric Crouch signs with UFL’s Nebraska team”
  1. usetabe says: Jul 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    Not bringing back Jeff Garcia?

  2. phinfan says: Jul 12, 2011 3:57 PM

    Nothing to see here people

  3. mvp43 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    The guy had some skills, he should’ve changed positions instead of foolishly thinking that he was an NFL QB only. He could’ve forged a pretty decent carrer as an around type player.

  4. asublimeday says: Jul 12, 2011 4:46 PM

    It speaks to how terrible Jamarcus russel is that this guys getting a job and russel is sitting at home.

  5. chipwade says: Jul 12, 2011 4:59 PM

    Why does it seem like the Omaha Nighthawks are the only UFL team that signs former NFL players?

  6. crohrbaugh says: Jul 12, 2011 5:29 PM

    Too bad teams weren’t running the wildcat when he came out, he was an amazing college player. best of luck to him.

  7. semperfi24 says: Jul 12, 2011 5:49 PM

    I see I mistakenly clicked on profootballtalk.com/notreally

  8. edjy71 says: Jul 12, 2011 7:37 PM

    IMO, the Eric Crouch has failed all these years because they refused to play him at the one position he is most suited for, runningback.

    He was never really a true quarterback, he was an explosive runner who could also pass a little. His plays in the running game were what made his so special.

  9. 3yrsnfl says: Jul 12, 2011 7:58 PM

    The UFL should stick to their original idea to be a minor league with affiliations to the NFL. The players will get game reps and be ready for a “call up”. There is a market for that. If they change things up and try to go head-to-head with the NFL, it will be a much tougher road.

  10. canjura says: Jul 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    So, basically, he’s the original Terrell Pryor, an overachieving college QB who will never be an NFL QB? Hopefully Pryor reads this blog and reads what Eric Crouch DIDN’T want to do so he can stick around on an NFL roster for longer than 2 years.

  11. canetic says: Jul 12, 2011 8:21 PM

    What are the odds that a struggling hometown sports team would sign a gimmick?

  12. bucjason says: Jul 12, 2011 8:44 PM

    Crouch … really ? Are the nighthawks planning to run the wishbone ??

  13. huskersrock1 says: Jul 12, 2011 9:24 PM

    This Husker fan lost all respect for Crouch when he backed out of his NFL commitment.

  14. MichaelEdits says: Jul 12, 2011 9:38 PM

    This is the same team that has Maurice Clarrett, isn’t it?

  15. krashie21 says: Jul 12, 2011 9:38 PM

    On the flip side, in some ways, you’ve got to admire the guy’s tenacity and commitment to himself.

    Obviously, this guy believes that he’s a quarterback and he’s resisted all attempts to mold him otherwise.

    In this day and age you have to admire that kind of conviction…..in a weird way.

  16. nahcouldntbethat says: Jul 12, 2011 10:19 PM

    I have no problem with anybody deciding they don’t want to play runningback in the NFL. That’s a crippling position.

  17. nnamdiAWESOME says: Jul 13, 2011 12:36 AM

    I just want to see my family again – Tom Jane

  18. trbowman says: Jul 13, 2011 12:42 AM

    “It speaks to how terrible Jamarcus russel is that this guys getting a job and russel is sitting at home.”

    Two people thumbed it down. I didn’t know JaMarcus and momma Russell read PFT

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