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Jack Crawford is retiring after spending time with the Oakland Raiders (2012-2013), Dallas Cowboys (2014-2016), Atlanta Falcons (2017-2019), Tennessee Titans (2020) and Arizona Cardinals (2021).

Last update: 05/17/22 10:13 am

Jack Crawford has asked for time in his career as an NFL player

Jack Crawford has asked for time in his career as an NFL player

London-born Jack Crawford announced his retirement from the NFL after a decade-long career that saw him enjoy five different teams while playing an integral role in growing football abroad.

The 33-year-old entered the league as a fifth-round pick out of Penn State for the then-Oakland Raiders in the 2012 NFL Draft after first being introduced to football at St. Augustine Preparatory School in New Jersey. after moving to the United States. states in 2005.

He spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans and, most recently, the Arizona Cardinals, where he signed prior to the 2021 season before being placed on injured reserve.

Crawford hangs up his shoes having recorded 165 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 40 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and an interception in 109 career games.

Jack Crawford Career Statistics (Pro Football Reference)

Station Team games played total tickets sacks forced fumbles Loss Approaches quarterback punches
2012 OAK 4 3 0 0 0 0
2013 OAK fifteen sixteen 0 0 one two
2014 DAL 6 8 two one two one
2015 DAL sixteen twenty-one 4 0 7 4
2016 DAL sixteen 25 3.5 0 3 6
2017 ATL 4 5 0 0 0 3
2018 ATL sixteen 35 6 one 7 9
2019 ATL sixteen 24 0.5 0 one 5
2020 TEN sixteen 28 two one 3 10

In 2014, the defensive lineman signed for the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he was granted a homecoming to the UK when he appeared in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium while posting 9.5 sacks, 54 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits and one forced fumble in 38 games (11 starts) over three seasons.

His most productive stint in the NFL came with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 when he amassed a career-high six sacks, 35 tackles, seven tackles for loss and nine quarterback hits in 16 games (11 starts).

It was in Atlanta that he notably worked with UK-born coach Aden Durde, the pair meeting when the Dallas defensive line coach was in attendance at Cowboys training camp in 2014 as part of the NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship. .

Crawford has served as a willing ambassador for the NFL’s mission to further its global expansion, particularly as a leading voice regarding the potential of the UK NFL Academy.

“I would say when I first came into the league, this was a vision that I always dreamed of because I knew there were guys that had what it took to not only play NFL football, but to get their D1 scholarship, which I think which is the most important part,” Crawford told Sky Sports in October.

“I’ve been so focused on my own career and just in the NFL week to week, keeping my job, that I haven’t had a chance to see how far it’s come and to see it now is crazy.”


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