Growing up a football fan and in a football house, I know all about what they have going on over to the West of me in Fargo, ND. As a matter of fact, after they won back-to-back National Championships when I was in high school, I started to pay more attention. In 2013, I was watching a NDSU game on ESPN and vividly remember two players sticking out to me. Carson Wentz and their big powerful running back, John Crockett.
Crockett is a graduate Totino-Grace High School where he was an Associated Press first team all-state running back. Crockett then went on to play at FCS D1-AA power house North Dakota State where he put together quite the resume. Here’s a glimpse of it: (source: NDSU football website)
* 2015 NFL Scouting Combine
* 2015 East-West Shrine Game Captain
* 2014 Sports Network All-America Second Team
* 2014 All-MVFC Second Team
* 2014 College Sporting News FCS National All-Star
* 2014 MVFC Offensive Player of the Week
* 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team
* 2012 MVFC Newcomer of the Week
* 2012 College Sports Madness.com MVFC Offensive Player of the Week
Crockett put together three straight 1,000-yard seasons while splitting the carries as the No. 2 back his first two years. He also finished second in the NDSU career rushing record book with 4,309 yards and set a single-season rushing record with 1,994 yards his senior year. Crockett had 20 career 100-yard rushing games, second most in school history, and is just the second Bison player to eclipse that 5,000 career all-purpose yards mark. That’s damn impressive! He also racked up 397 receiving yards as a senior which was the second most by a running back in NDSU history.
After his amazing career at NDSU and 3 rings later, Crockett would get his shot in the NFL. After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Crockett signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2015. He was on the team through the entire preseason before getting released during final team cuts. He later was signed to the practice squad in Green Bay before eventually making it onto the active roster. He made his NFL debut against division rival Detroit in 2015.
After seeing some playing time and spending the rest of the 2015 season the active roster, Crockett was placed in the IR in the offseason where he spent the entire 2016 season and later be released. He then spent all of 2017 and 2018 bouncing around between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. He was released from the Ravens in 2018.
Now, he is signing in the AAF with the Arizona Hotshots. Crockett is 6’0″, 220 pounds. He is an electrifying playmaker who also posses the power and strength to run defenders over. I look for Crockett to compete and WIN the starting running back job in Arizona.