Tom Crabtree

American football player (born 1985)

American football player
Tom Crabtree
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Crabtree with the Packers in 2012
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Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1985-11-04) November 4, 1985 (age 36)
Columbus, Ohio
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Carroll (OH) Bloom-Carroll
College:Miami (OH)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:323
Receiving touchdowns:5
Player stats at

Thomas Lewis Crabtree (born November 4, 1985) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League (NFL). He spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he won Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early years

Crabtree played high school football for Bloom-Carroll High School in Carroll, Ohio.[1] He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he played tight end for the RedHawks for four seasons from 2005 to 2008. Primarily known as an excellent blocker, during his career at Miami he caught 40 passes for 329 yards (an 8.1 average) with two touchdowns.[2]

He graduated from Miami with a degree in secondary education.[3]

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

Crabtree was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2009. He appeared in all four of Kansas City’s preseason games, with two catches for 19 yards. He was then waived in the Chiefs' final roster cutdown on September 6, but he was signed to the Chiefs’ practice squad the next day after clearing waivers. He was released after the third regular-season game.

Green Bay Packers

During the 2009 NFL season, Crabtree was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad for the final five weeks of the 2009 NFL season and then to a reserve/futures contract after the season ended. He made it past the Packers' final roster cutdown before the 2010 NFL season as their fourth-string tight end behind Jermichael Finley, Donald Lee and rookie Andrew Quarless.

In the 2010 regular season for the Packers, he totaled four catches for 61 yards. In 2011, he had six catches for 38 yards and one touchdown.

Crabtree played in all 16 games on offense and special teams. He caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of the Packers' wild card game at the Philadelphia Eagles, opening the scoring with his first NFL touchdown.[4]

He won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV, won by the Packers 31-25. In the game, he had one catch (from Aaron Rodgers) for one yard and he also made one tackle.[5]

In 2012 against the Chicago Bears, Crabtree caught a touchdown pass from holder Tim Masthay on a fake field goal, as the Packers went on to win 23-10. Against the Houston Texans, he caught a 48-yard touchdown pass. Against the Cardinals, he caught a career-long 72-yard touchdown pass.[6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Crabtree signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 15, 2013.[7]

He started the season on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain suffered in a preseason game. The injury plagued him much of the season.[8] Once activated, he caught four passes for 21 yards with one touchdown. He was again placed on injured reserve November 25, ending his season after suffering a torn bicep, for which he underwent surgery.[9]

His lone touchdown of the 2013 season came on a 2-yard jump pass from running back Mike James.[10]

On May 17, 2014, Crabtree announced via Twitter that he had been released from the Buccaneers.[11]

New Orleans Saints

Crabtree signed with New Orleans Saints on October 7, 2014 after tight end try outs were conducted on the same day, with Crabtree getting the nod from the team.[12] He was released on October 18, 2014,[13] but was re-signed to the active roster two days later on October 20.[14] He was eventually released again on October 24. Although he was released from the active roster prior to game days, Crabtree still collected his weekly paycheck for participating in the practices of the several weeks he was with the Saints.


On April 30, 2015, Crabtree announced his retirement from football.[15]

Personal life

He married Chelsea Crabtree on June 28, 2009. They have a son, Bryce Thomas Crabtree, born October 14, 2010, and a daughter, Delaynie. He and his wife are active in raising funds and awareness for juvenile diabetes and for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.[16] Tom is a massive Ohio state fan having been born in Columbus.

In 2016, he appeared in a short promotional video produced by eighth-graders of Bloom-Carroll Middle School (his junior-high alma mater) to help boost yearbook sales.[17]

On November 30, 2016, he became a recurring guest on the podcast Pardon My Take, hosted by Dan "Big Cat" Katz and another person believed to be Marlins Woman.[18]


Regular season


Year Receiving
Team G Rec Yds TD Avg
2010 GB 16 4 61 0 15.3
2011 GB 16 6 38 1 6.3
2012 GB 14 8 203 3 25.4
2013 TB 7 4 21 1 5.3
Total 53 22 323 5 14.7


Year Tackles
Team G Tot Tkl Ast
2010 GB 16 10 8 2
2011 GB 16 6 5 1
2012 GB 2 6 5 1
Total 32 16 13 3

Playoff statistics


Year Receiving
Team G Rec Yds TD Avg
2010 GB 4 2 8 1 4.0
Total 4 2 8 1 4.0


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  3. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Crabtree". Archived from the original on April 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tom Crabtree Stats".
  5. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Bears stunned by TD on fake field goal". Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Bucs Sign Crabtree, Bolster Tight End Corps
  8. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers".
  9. ^ "Tom Crabtree - Saints TE - Fantasy Football".
  10. ^ "Tom Crabtree - Saints TE - Fantasy Football".
  11. ^ Wilkening, Mike (May 17, 2014). "Tom Crabtree announces his release from Buccaneers". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints place Jairus Byrd on IR, sign tight end Tom Crabtree".
  13. ^ Wilkening, Mike (October 19, 2014). "Saints release TE Tom Crabtree". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Mike Triplett, "Saints place DE Glenn Foster on IR, re-sign TE Tom Crabtree", October 20, 2014.
  15. ^ Tom Crabtree [@itsCrab] (April 30, 2015). "I'm officially retiring from football. Thanks for all the support and criticism over the years. This means I can do dirty jokes on here now" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Packers tight end Crabtree fights brave battle with his wife", WTMJ-TV, April 30, 2012.
  17. ^ Video on YouTube
  18. ^ "Pardon My Take 11-30 with Former Green Bay Packer Tom Crabtree".

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