Monday night in Baltimore, Crawford will pick up his trophy as the Cowboys’ winner of the award.
The award is picked by teammates and goes to the player who best exemplifies “the commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage,”
“It means a lot coming from our guys,” Crawford said. “We’re so close as a team and we’ve got guys that display a lot of courage in many different ways. For my teammates to think of me like that is huge. It’s a huge honor to come here after guys like Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Barry Church the past couple of years.”
After missing the 2013 season with a torn Achilles, Crawford returned last season and played in 15 games, missing one game with a knee injury. The coaches credited him with 37 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, 29 quarterback hurries, one pass deflection and one forced fumble.
“I was definitely worried, not sure I was going to be able to do it, get off the ball and have all the different things happen because at that time I felt like it just wasn’t going to happen for me,” Crawford said. “I felt like maybe I just didn’t heal up as other people did or something, but [associate athletic trainer Britt Brown] and the guys on the staff kept telling me it’s going to pass, let it go, just work hard. And eventually it went that was so I guess it was good to trust what they were saying.”