Hamilton native Brad Crawford has signed a three-year contract with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.
The 2009 CFL draft pick attended the Argos’ camp last season and opted to return to the University of Guelph to complete his degree. The defensive back was selected 43rd overall (sixth round) and is the younger brother of current Argonauts’ running back Bryan Crawford.
Crawford’s signing is an early birthday present for the graduate of Barton Secondary School where he was named 2004 and 2005 Offensive & Defensive Football most valuable player. On Feb. 4 he celebrates his 23rd birthday.
The 5-11, 191-pound back played all five years (2005-09) at five different positions (running back, DB, corner back, linebacker, and safety) during his career at Guelph. Last season he returned from off-season surgery and played in the Gryphons final five games of the season, primarily at DB and safety. In 2008 he finished third on his team with 34 tackles. Crawford switched to the defensive side of the line in 2007 and played mainly on special teams.
Notably, he finished among team-leaders in solo tackles while playing every game.
In his sophomore year, he played four games at RB before suffering a season-ending injury. In his rookie season, Crawford rushed for 269 yards on 49 carries for a 5.5 average.
Crawford graduates from the University of Guelph this year with a History degree. In his spare time he enjoys reading non-fiction books and travelling. In fact, he recently returned from a backpacking trip to Costa Rica.