Eric Crouch (Nebraska)
In his senior year as a Cornhusker, Crouch led Nebraska to an 11-2 record, completing 105 of 189 passes for 1,510 yards and seven touchdowns. Even more impressive were his rushing stats — 203 carries for 1,115 yards and 18 TDs. He was picked in the third round by the Rams, 95th overall in the 2002 draft. The Rams planned to convert Crouch into a wide receiver, but he retired on Sept. 11 without having played a down in the NFL.
Jay Zigmunt, Rams president of football operations, was completely blindsided by his sudden retirement. “It’s pretty shocking,” he said. “We’re as surprised by this as anyone. All I can say is it’s a first for me. Eric was nicked up a bit, but Mike (Martz) felt he was progressing. It certainly surprised all of us.”