Packers Claim QB Eric Crouch


The Green Bay Packers were awarded quarterback Eric Crouch on waivers Wednesday.

A Hesiman Trophy winner while at the University of Nebraska, Crouch was out of football last season after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2002 draft.

The Rams planned to use Crouch as a wide receiver, but after making it through training camp, Crouch forfeited his signing bonus and retired, saying he didn't want to play in NFL if he couldn't be a quarterback.

Crouch is one of three players in NCAA Division-I history to rush for more than 3,000 yards and throw for more than 4,000 yards in a career.

He remains on the reserve/retired list.

Crouch (2001) would be the sixth Heisman Trophy winner to play for the Packers, joining Bruce Smith (1941), Paul Hornung (1956), Ty Detmer (1990), Desmond Howard (1991) and Danny Wuerffel (1996).

A complete press release will follow.

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