The ‘mouth from the south’ is hanging up his cleats. Channing Crowder announced a short time ago on his radio show that he is done with football. Selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft by then coach Nick Saban, Crowder played outside linebacker next to Zach Thomas. He would move to the middle when Thomas was injured. Eventually, he would stay in the middle for good.
Crowder was considered a steal at the 70th overall pick, a selection that was gained the year before in the Marty Booker for Adawale Ogunleye trade.
Over the years, Crowders keen ability to read offensive plays allowed him to quickly attack runners or drop back into coverage. Despite his short-comings blitzing the QB, he could at times be a disruptive force. Unfortunately for Crowder, who was injured throughout his college days, the trend continued into the NFL.
While Crowder was a fan favorite for his boisterous attitude, on the field he was increasingly inconsistent. Crowder spent much of the last three seasons nursing nagging injuries that kept him out of critical games and his play when he was able to be on the field continually declined.
Still, through his injuries and up and down play, it was hard to like him. Crowder always took time out for the fans of the team and even in pre-game warm-ups would smile, wave, and slap hands…especially with kids. Most fans felt it was time for Crowder to move on and he found the free agent market dry for his services. After 6 solid if unspectacular seasons in the NFL, he is calling it a day, and he does so as a career long Miami Dolphin. Apparently the wear and tear on his body was the nail in the proverbial coffin.
Good luck Channing!