The Green Bay Packers have claimed quarterback Eric Crouch on waivers from the St. Louis Rams, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Wednesday.
A third-round selection of the Rams in the 2002 NFL draft, the former University of Nebraska field general won the Heisman Trophy in 2001 after he became only the third Division I player to rush for more than 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards.
When St. Louis planned to utilize Crouch as a wide receiver/punt returner, he retired from football and sat out the 2003 season. Although since released by the Rams, the 6-foot, 195-pound former Cornhusker is still on the reserve-retired list, where he will remain unless or until he submits a letter to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue requesting to have his name removed from the 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).