Eric Crouch retires from football.

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  1. KeithH

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    Just read this on espn.go.com. Rookie wide receiver and former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch announced his retirement from football yesterday. The decision is said to be due to injuries that affected his performance. Here is a link to the story on espn.go.com:
    http://www.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/p...n/1430682.html
     
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    I just read this, too. Weird. Why doesn't he understand that the Rams always intended him to be a project, not an immediate success? Injuries, shminjuries, just rehab, get better, work out, and learn to play receiver. I don't get it.
     
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    Psychologically, Crouch probably didn't want to just hang around the rehab center or on the bench after being a 3.5 year starter in college. Some people can make the adjustment from being great on the college level, and so-so on the pro level.

    Or maybe Arliss Michaels is his agent and is getting really bad advice...

    Does Crouch have a decent jump shot?
     
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    I do not think anyone expected Crouch to have any impact in the NFL, so this is not much of a loss for the Rams. However, I'm surprised that he gave up so easily. You would think that someone who had won a Heisman and a national championship would be more competitive.
     
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    Once you lose your desire for the game then it's time to move on in life. Unfortunately, there are many others that have lost that desire, however, they stay on for the money, but their lackluster performances are cheating their teammates and fans.




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    Scott, I too am surprised that Crouch gave up so quickly. It seems like he lost the fire.
     
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    I really am not surprised and am one that didnt think he would do anything out of the quarterback spot. Yes he was a great athlete but changing positions after 4 years is really tuff and to do that in the NFL is even harder IMO. Hopefully he will be able to find something that he enjoys doing other then football.

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    How much of that 1.3 mil does he get to keep? I'm no expert in these matters but if the contract isn't guaranteed and he doesn't feel like he can make it in the league then it's understandable.
     
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    He's hardly keeping any of it. He would get salary for each game he's on the team for, but that's about it. He's even returning his signing bonus.

    I think he'll probably take a year off, then maybe try being a QB in the CFL. The Rams do retain his NFL rights so if he ever comes back, it'll be for the same contract he signed.
     
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    Yet another indication that winning the Heisman is not necessarily a predicter of NFL success.
     
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    Bellesari is still being converted. He's been hampered by a few injuries, but all the reports I've seen seem to be really positive on his future as a safety. I think the starter, Archuleta, is probably Pro-Bowl bound within a few years, so he'll probably be the backup if it works out. The difference here is that Bellesari did play a year or so at Ohio State as a safety, so the transition isn't as major.
     
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    He doesn't even get to keep the signing bonus? It's modest by NFL standards (300k) so I would have assumed that the Rams would be willing to part with that just to be rid of him.
     
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    I think he is voluntarily returning his signing bonus. It's a shame to see him leave like this, I wish he would have tried to stay for a year to see if he could rekindle his love. I think Dave is right and we will see him in the CFL as a QB before we see him with the Rams again. I'd put him in the top five option QB's of all time.
     
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    Of course it can't be easy on the ego transitioning from an entire state bowing at your feet, to suddenly being nothing more than Sub-Average Joe...
     
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    Robert, well said. If I were a top college football player, I would hope I didn't win the Heisman. [​IMG]
     
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    Actually, if I were an aspiring NFL player/starter, I would not want to win the Heisman Trophy.
     
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    If I was an aspiring NFL quarterback, I wouldn't go to Nebraska.
     
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    Nebraska could have used Crouch last night.

    Nebraska 7
    Penn State 40

    We are...Penn State! Go Lions!
     
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