Former Falcon set to retire

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A former Falcon is hanging up his cleats. Jack Crawford announced his retirement from the NFL after a decade-long career with five different teams.

The London-born Crawford entered the league as a fifth-round pick out of Penn State for the then-Oakland Raiders in the 2012 draft. He moved to the United States in 2005 and played an integral role in the growth of football overseas.

Crawford spent time with the Raiders, Cowboys, Titans, Cardinals, and the Falcons, where his most productive seasons came. He logged 165 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 40 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, and an interception in 109 career games. But during his time in Atlanta, Crawford played in 26 games, where he totaled 64 tackles, 6.5 sacks (six coming in 2018), one forced fumble, eight tackles for loss (seven coming in 2018), and 17 quarterback hits (nine in 2018). 

In Atlanta, he worked with UK-born coach Aden Durde. Throughout his career, Crawford worked to expand the NFL across the pond, serving as an ambassador for a potential UK NFL Academy. It’s hard enough to last a decade in this league, but Crawford still feels the need to grow the game. It’s commendable. Congratulations on a helluva career!

Photographer: David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire
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