Antonio Crawford had a nice one-year playing career with the WVU football team. His tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers was even shorter.
Crawford, who came to the Mountaineers in 2016 after transferring from Miami, signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 23. It was announced just one day later that Antonio Crawford was waived from the team.
It’s a bizarre announcement, but that’s the case with business and politics in the NFL. Crawford was given a chance that so many football players dream about. He had that chance taken away from him before he could make any impact.
Antonio Crawford certainly made the most of his time with the Mountaineers. In that one season he helped the WVU football team to a 10-win season, playing cornerback on a solid defensive unit.
In 2016, Crawford had 24 total tackles in eight games with two tackles for a loss. At Miami, Crawford had 58 tackles, one tackle for a loss, once forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five pass breakups in 38 games over three seasons for the Hurricanes. He didn’t leave Miami on the best of terms as he was apparently released by the team.
Before the official announcement of his release, Crawford took to social media to announce his displeasure with the Miami football program. In a unique twist of events, Crawford couldn’t fully escape the Hurricanes in 2016.
The WVU football team took on Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. In a story by the Palm Beach Post, Crawford seemed to have put his feud with Miami behind him as he still had friends on the team.
"“I talked to a lot of them before this. As soon as we found out about the game, I was texting them and talking to them on the phone. All good things. It’s a brotherhood, still,” Antonio Crawford told the Post."
The end result didn’t turn out in Crawford’s favor as the Hurricanes rolled to a 31-14 win over the Mountaineers in the bowl game. In his final collegiate contest, Crawford had four tackles.
Crawford’s luck hasn’t been the greatest this week, either. Getting the emotional news of being released wouldn’t be a fun time. Especially after the fun he had the day before with the news of receiving a professional contract.
The joy and plans for a bright future were quickly taken away from him.
Antonio Crawford may still stick around in some NFL team’s camp. There are many opportunities to land somewhere else. The staying around part is what is tricky, though.
Even though he spent just one year in Morgantown, Crawford will forever be a Mountaineer. Forever a Steeler, though? That’s obviously a completely different story.