Those of you who have been fans of the organization for a long time will no doubt remember the saga of Eric Crouch. Crouch was a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the University of Nebraska, and the Rams made him a third-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. The team planned to move him from quarterback to a receiver/kick returner, but Crouch saw himself as a quarterback and a quarterback only, so he retired from the NFL. Crouch popped up in a few different places over the next few seasons, but he never achieved any amount of success at any of his stops. Well… He’s Back!
It was announced today that Crouch has signed a deal to play quarterback for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. For those of you keeping track at home, this will be his first taste of pro football since 2006, when he had a short stint in the Canadian Football League. Yeah, I’m sure this is going to go well.
In all seriousness, as far as the UFL goes, the Nighthawks have a pretty impressive group of signal-callers battling for playing time. Joining Crouch will be former Georgia star DJ Shockley and Jeremiah Masoli, the troubled Oregon QB who transferred to Ole Miss after getting kicked off the team by Ducks coach Chip Kelly. Crouch will certainly be an attendance draw back in the state of Nebraska, where he is a legend who will be in the hearts of every Huskers fan for now and for always. As far as Rams fans go, let’s just say no one is going to be lining the streets for a parade if Crouch eventually makes his way back to the Gateway City.