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.