ATHENS —Georgia and Alabama might very well be on a collision course to meet again this college football season, but more and more former Bulldogs and Tide players are meeting in the NFL.
That’s what happened on Sunday afternoon in Nashville, when former UGA linebacker Tae Crowder destroyed former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.
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Crowder is entering his third season with the Giants after being selected last in the 2020 NFL Draft in the so-called “Mr. Irrelevant” slot.
Consider, Crowder wasn’t even invited to the NFL combine after his final season at Georgia.
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A former running back himself who converted to linebacker at Georgia under Smart’s guidance, the 25-year-old Crowder just seems to be getting better and better.
Crowder started 17 games last season, recording 2 interceptions and deflecting 6 passes, also forcing a fumble while recording 130 tackles.
Crowder’s highlight play on Sunday against Henry is sure to bring him even more positive attention as he proves once again that it’s not where you start, but where you finish.
Georgia opened the season with 48 former Bulldogs’ on NFL rosters after producing a record 15 NFL picks in the 2022 draft, including five first-rounders off last season’s defense..
Only Alabama (65), LSU (57) and Ohio State (56) had more.