Crouch says he needs to ‘knock cobwebs off’




BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Eric Crouch has participated in his first organized football activity in five years, prompting the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner to say that he needs to “knock the cobwebs off.”

The 32-year-old former Nebraska quarterback began his latest comeback attempt Thursday at a minicamp for his hometown Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

Crouch said he’s confident he can still play and he’s thankful for the opportunity to earn an invitation to training camp next month. If he doesn’t get one, he says it’s “probably time to move on.”

Crouch was a third-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2002. He’s been with three NFL teams but never played a regular-season game. He last played in the CFL in 2006. Most recently he’s sold playground equipment and medical supplies.