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Four Patriots were born on June 25, and they combined to start just one game while with the Pats. That is something to consider as we get overly excited about the next Markell Carter, choose our training camp underdog binkies, and get closer to July 27.
Happy 47th birthday to Vernon Crawford
Born June 25, 1974 in Texas City, Texas
Patriot LB, 1997-1999; uniform #99
Pats 5th round (159th overall) pick of the 1997 draft, from Florida State
Vernon Crawford was primarily a special teamer, playing in 41 games with one start over three seasons with the Pats. He appeared in every game his first two seasons; in '98 he had 14 ST tackles and 13 more on defense. Crawford signed with the Packers in 2000, but spent that season on IR. He was also part of two short lived leagues: with the XFL in 2001 and later played in the AF2 (a lower level of arena football, hence the '2').
NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Day scores, percentiles and metrics for Vernon Crawford, OLB, Florida State.
Crawford remained in the New England area after hanging up his cleats and has coached at Walpole (2002-03 DC) and Randolph high schools (2004-2008 as DC and HC), Curry College (2009-2011 coaching wide receivers) and with two women's teams, the Boston Militia (2008-2014, DC) and the Boston Renegades (2016-present, OC and assistant HC). Apparently they are doing fine, winning their first four 2021 games by the scores of 62-0, 56-6, 62-0 and 70-0. In his spare time Vernon has also served as the head football coach at Seekonk High School. since 2012.
Vernon Crawford just might be the ultimate New England football player. He played for the New England Patriots for three seasons after the franchise
Following back-to-back victories to complete a 2-0 start to Seekonk High School’s 2016 campaign, head coach Vernon Crawford has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.
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LB, #99 Height: 6-4 Weight: 245 Yrs/Pat: 3 Acquired: Fifth Round of the Draft – 1997 (159th overall) School: Florida State Major: Criminology Born: Jun 25, 1974 Texas City Texas Personal Vernon Crawford was drafted by the Patriots in the 5th round of the 1997 draft. He grew up in Galveston...
- At the time he was drafted, we wasn’t even sure where the team was located but he’s lived in New England ever since, coaching football at both Walpole and Randolph High Schools as a defensive coordinator.
- Vernon also played a year of Arena League football with the Manchester Wolves in New Hampshire but being a linebacker used to rushing the passer, wasn’t too enamored with the pace of the play. “You can get a clear shot at the QB, but by the time you get there the ball is long gone,” said Vernon.
Coaches and Personnel | Boston Renegades Women's Football
Since retiring as a player, Vern has amassed extensive experience coaching all phases of the game at the high school and college levels. He is currently head coach of the Seekonk (Mass.) High School football team. He was Defensive Coordinator for the Boston Militia (2008-2014) before joining the Renegades coaching staff in 2016.
SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High School’s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Crawford, a grid star from a young age, graduated from Texas City (Tx.) High in 1993, then trekked to the Community College of San Francisco, where he earned his Associate’s in 1995. After that stint, he was recruited by legendary head coach Bobby Bowden to play at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he helped the Seminoles achieve a No. 3 national ranking as a junior and senior.
He not only played in two Sugar Bowls, but also was selected ESPN Football Commentator Lee Corso’s College Football Special Teams Player of the Year his final season. Crawford earned a Bachelor’s in criminology in 1997, but – just a month before – was drafted in the fifth round by the Patriots.
He was named to the NFL All-Rookie special teams players list that fall. He played three seasons (1997-99) for then-head coach Pete Carroll, recording a total of 32 special teams tackles, but closed his career in Green Bay after suffering a hamstring injury in the home opener against Miami.
“I knew I was hurt, but you just do what you must to remain on the field,” Crawford said. “I tried to play through it, but couldn’t.”