Thirty-three-year-old Pursues Dream of NFL Draft Walk-on football player at 29 becomes an All-Conference player for three consecutive years at Ball State University of the Mid-American Conference. At 33, he is trying to become the oldest player ever drafted by the NFL.
Muncie, IN (MMD Newswire) February 11, 2010 -- Brandon Crawford, DE at Ball State University, at 33 years old is trying to become the oldest player drafted into the NFL. After serving in the Marines and then working to support his family, Brandon was 29 when he earned a spot on the BSU football team as a walk-on and became a three-year starter on defense. This season, he earned second-team MAC All-Conference honors after leading his team with 11.5 TFL, ranking seventh in the conference. It was the third consecutive year that Brandon earned MAC All-Conference honors.
Crawford worked in an automotive factory after graduating from high school and before joining the Marine Corps in 1999. He went to Military Occupational Specialties school and then to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C. Crawford received an honorary discharge from the Marine Corps in 2003. He graduated from Ball State in 2008 with a criminal justice degree and is currently working on a master's degree.
To the Cardinals football team, Crawford brought life experience as well as football smarts, but more than anything he brought a lesson in perseverance. This past season, Brandon was older than five BSU assistant coaches, and many of his teammates were starting kindergarten when Brandon was enlisting in the Marines.
"I get after it every play. It's the only way I know," Crawford said. "I play hard on every snap and take advantage of every play I'm out there. I leave everything on the field."
To help attain his dream, Brandon is training at St. Vincent Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis. The facility has a history of preparing players for the NFL Combine and school Pro Days. The St. Vincent facility is currently training 16 players in preparation for the 2010 NFL Draft in April.
The oldest player to be drafted in the NFL is Chris Weinke. Chris, a QB from Florida State University, was 28 years old when drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
For additional information, contact Brandon's agent Michael Wozniak.
Michael Wozniak, Sports Agent