Former North Dakota State Bison John Crockett has ‘one of the best days ever’ in NFL
FARGO -- Former North Dakota State running back John Crockett had a surreal NFL debut that featured an unreal ending."It's one of those days you put in the memory bank and say, 'That might be one of the best days ever,'" Crockett said Friday in a...
FARGO - Former North Dakota State running back John Crockett had a surreal NFL debut that featured an unreal ending.
“It’s one of those days you put in the memory bank and say, ‘That might be one of the best days ever,’” Crockett said Friday in a phone interview.
The Green Bay Packers rookie was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster hours before Thursday’s 27-23 road victory against the Detroit Lions. The Packers won in dramatic fashion, scoring the winning points on a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to tight end Richard Rodgers with no time remaining on the clock.
“It’s one of those moments where you sit back and be like ‘Wow, did that just happen like that?’ It was crazy,” Crockett said. “It was probably one of the best finishes I’ve ever been a part of.”
Crockett was amazed with the rainbow-type heave Rodgers used to get the ball to the end zone on that game-winning Hail Mary.
“The guy’s arm is unbelievable,” Crockett said. “How did he get the ball to hang up in the air that long?”
Crockett started the second half for Green Bay, which was held scoreless in the first half. He rushed for 22 yards on five attempts, with a long run of 12 yards, to help breathe life into the Packers stagnant offense.
“With his running style, I decided to stick him in there,” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the game. “He gave us a spark.”
The 6-foot, 217-pound Crockett rushed for 1,994 yards and 21 touchdowns in his final season with the Bison last fall, helping NDSU to a fourth consecutive NCAA Division I FCS national title. Crockett said he found out a few hours before Thursday’s game he was being moved to the Packers’ active roster.
“It was just more like, ‘For real? Are we doing this right now? I guess I’m ready,’” Crockett said. “It was a little bit of shock at a certain point. I had to realize I had to go out there and try to make plays and do some things.”
Crockett said playing for Green Bay reminds him of playing for NDSU.
“That’s something I love about it,” Crockett said. “It’s a small town, everybody is about the team and the team is about the fans. It’s just a great place to be.”
Crockett is from Minneapolis, creating some tension because many of his family members are fans of the Minnesota Vikings, one of Green Bay’s main rivals.
“You know the purple and gold is all through my family,” Crockett said with a laugh.
Crockett said he keeps in contact with some of his former teammates like running backs Chase Morlock and King Frazier and offensive lineman Jeremy Kelly. Crockett also talked to Bison offensive coordinator Tim Polasek after being activated.
Crockett is excited for Saturday’s Bison-Montana game, which is in the second round of the Division I FCS playoffs.
“That’s something we’re going to be looking forward to watching,” Crockett said. “That will be a good little matchup.”