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By John Tranchina
This story originally appeared in Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine. For subscription information, please click here.
Not too many kids in Canada, especially ones who don’t start playing football until the ninth grade, wind up making it to the NFL. Not too many guys playing at the junior college level reach the big time either. And the truth is, a pretty small percentage of Division I NCAA players realize their dreams of playing on Sundays as well.
So consider defensive end Tyrone Crawford, someone who has already overcome formidable odds just to get this far.
The Cowboys’ third-round selection (81st overall) in April’s draft, Crawford possesses impressive athletic ability, and, as he continues to learn the nuances of his position, will only keep improving as a dangerous pass rusher and build upon his four combined tackles through four games.
“The thing we probably like about him most is his potential, but more than that, his motor, the way he plays,” says Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “He is a high-energy guy and very active. He has an outstanding motor, that’s line one when you talk about him. It jumps off the screen when you watch him play and he’s somebody we’re excited about. We feel like he has real potential to grow into a first- and second-down player and also a third-down rusher. We love the demeanor he plays with and feel like he has a chance to be a real good player for us.”
A three-sport star at Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Ontario, Crawford began his football career as a running back/outside linebacker/kick returner, so it wasn’t until he got to Bakersfield College in 2008 that he first concentrated solely on playing defensive end.
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