Yes, I put Eric in front of Tommie. Put aside the abysmal 29-25 touchdown to interception ratio for his career.
Put aside his criticised professional career, or lack thereof. Put aside his wardrobe debacle at the 2004 Heisman Trophy Presentation.
If you do this, you can't help but marvel at Crouch's career at Nebraska. You want wins?
Crouch was 35-7 as a starter, and he did so on offenses that weren't littered with the talent of the mid-90's. You want numbers?
Where do I start. Crouch holds 32 school records.
He is 5th all time in passing yards and first in all time touchdowns with 59. He is third on the all time charts in rushing with 3,434 career yards, trailing only Rozier and Ahman Green.
He is the all-time Big 12 rushing leader for a quarterback and only one of three quarterbacks in NCAA history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 3,000. He is the school's all time leader in total yards at 7,915.
You want accolades? As a senior Crouch stole the Davey O' Brien, Walter Camp, and Heisman Trophy.
You want excitement? Go ahead and youtube his 95 yard scramble against Missouri, or his touchdown reception against then number one Oklahoma to seal the game.
He was an electrifying athlete who could do things that quarterbacks just weren't supposed to do. In the 2001 season, he led the Cornhuskers to the Rose Bowl to play for the national title against Miami.
Nebraska was overmatched, but Crouch gave a gutty 114 yard rushing performance. Okay, so I'm a big Crouch fan.
I'll never forget sitting at a packed downtown Lincoln Brewsky's with my family for the 2001 Heisman Presentation. Just 11 years old at the time, I'll never forget the silent stillness as we painfully waited followed by the uproar of the hundreds of fans after they announced Eric's name as the winner.
It captured my love and pride for the Husker Program.