Crouch mulling leap to Argos

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch is considering coming to Canada to resume his football career.

Crouch, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2001 after starring for the University of Nebraska, said he will decide this week whether to give his agents the go-ahead to begin contract negotiations with the Argos, who own his Canadian Football League rights.

A third-round pick of the NFL's St. Louis Rams in 2001, Crouch retired abruptly later that year after the Rams tried to convert him to a receiver. He since has had two tryouts with the Green Bay Packers, most recently this past May.

While NFL critics have concerns about his arm strength and height, others believe his mobility is tailor-made for the CFL.

Crouch, 25, and his wife were in town this past week and he watched the Argos' 38-31 win over Hamilton and met the team's football operations staff.

"I was there to absorb the atmosphere and see if it's something I would like to pursue," Crouch said by phone yesterday from Omaha, Neb. "From what I saw I was pretty impressed."

Crouch didn't work out for the Argos and the team has no imminent plans to sign him, but there appears to be mutual interest in doing something for next year.

Crouch has concerns about a playground equipment business he began earlier this year and how that would be handled if he leaves it for six months to play football.

"Those are things in the last three or four days I've been thinking hard about," he said. "But I'm talking about it with my wife and my supporting people -- family, mentors -- to see if this is something that will work.

"I'm excited about it. It's not like I've been out of football forever. I've been in three different (NFL) mini-camps and two training camps the last three years. I've had spurts of it, I've just never been able to find a fit for me. I'm hoping this might be it. I feel good about it.

"I'm 25 years old. I'm going to turn 26 in about three weeks. To me, it's like now or never. You either make it happen or it never will. It's something I just don't think I want to look back on it and say 'What if, what if?'"


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