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Willis Crockett


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Updated: 2017-06-04T23:15Z
Willis Crockett
No. 90
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth:(1966-08-25) August 25, 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth:Douglas, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Douglas (GA) Coffee
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 5 / Pick: 119
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:13
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Willis Robert Crockett (born August 25, 1966) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Georgia Tech University and was selected in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft.

Early years

Crockett attended Coffee High School, where he played as a defensive back and wide receiver. He also practiced baseball and basketball.

He accepted a football scholarship from Georgia Tech University. He was named a starter at safety, registering 47 tackles 2 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and earned freshman All-American honors.[1] The next year he was converted into an outside linebacker and earned a starting position.

In 1987, he required arthroscopic surgery before the season, to fix a knee injury that limited him from the previous year. He still was able to start and lead the team in tackles for loss with 6.

In 1988, he was a part of a defense that ranked 14th in the nation with 384.2 total yards allowed per game and seventh in passing with 138.9 yards allowed. He posted 6 sacks (second on the team), 14 quarterback pressures (led the team), 4 tackles for loss (second on the team) and 3 fumble recoveries (tied for the team lead). He also received All-ACC and honorable-mention All-American honors.[2]

Professional career

Crockett was selected in the fifth round (119th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[3] As a rookie, he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during training camp and was placed on the injured reserve list.[4]

In 1990, he was an early training camp surprise, but was slowed by a sprained ankle and waived injured on September 3.[5] He was re-signed on September 13, to be a backup middle linebacker and also play on special teams. He appeared in 13 games, registering 9 tackles on defense, including 4 in his first regular season game, on September 16 against the New York Giants.

References

  1. ^ "Carolina invades Wake; State visits Tech". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "All-America". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Johnson Sticks With Familiar Names". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hamel leaves Skins' camp". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cowboys Cut Flagler; Reach 47-Man Limit". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
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