Tyrone Crawford started his sports career as a high school athlete in Windsor, Ontario Canada where he played football, basketball and threw shot and discuss in track. He excelled at all three sports earning all conference honors and MVP awards in football and basketball and gold medals in track and field. He was widely considered to be the best high school athlete in the Windsor area at the time.
Crawford was recruited by both Michigan State and Boise State, but his Canadian academics were not transferable to NCAA division 1 schools, so he enrolled at Bakersfield junior college in 2008 and played defensive end for the Renegades earning first team all conference honors as a freshman and moving up to earn a spot as a junior college first team All American in 2009. Having brought his academics up to standard, he was widely considered on of the best junior college recruits in the country and was a Rivals.com 4 star athlete coming out of Bakersfield. The Boise State coaches had maintained contact with Crawford throughout his junior college career and that made it easy for him to commit to Boise State over other interested Universities.
Tyrone Crawford entered Boise State University as a Junior in 2010 and played in all 13 games that season as a back up defensive end and defensive tackle. He finished the 2010 season with 32 tackles. 13.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. In 2010 Crawford started 12 games for the Broncos and recorded 44 tackles with 13.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. His outstanding performance as a senior earned him first team All Mountain West honors and positioned him to be a sought after defensive line NFL draft prospect.
During the NFL combine, Crawford was diagnosed with a heart murmur and even though not a major physical ailment, Crawfords draft stock dropped below what many thought it should have been.
In the 2012 NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys selected Crawford in the middle of the 3rd round as the 81st overall pick. Crawford signed a three year deal with the Cowboys with annual base salaries of $480K, $570K and $660K respectively for 2013, 14 and 15.
As a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys, Crawford played both defensive tackle and defensive end as a back up and recorded 33 tackles and 5 quarterback pressures with no sacks.
In 2013 Tyrone suffered a torn achilles in training camp and was put on injured reserve and did not end up playing in his second season.
In 2014 Crawford was still struggling with his recovery from off season surgery and an early season groin strain. Crawford entered game 3 that season against the New Orleans Saints and earner the starting job at tacke. He ended up finishing the season with 35 tackles and 3 sacks. 2014 was also the year that the Cowboys signed another Boise State Bronco defensive lineman, Demarcus Lawrence who played along side Crawford in a few games as a rookie.
The Dallas Cowboys decided that they wanted Crawford to stay a Cowboy and in 2015 signed him to a five-year deal worth over $45 million with over $25 million guaranteed. Crawford suffered a shoulder injury which limited his playing time and still managed to finish the season strong with 44 tackles, 5 sacks and almost 30 quarterback pressures.
In 2016 Crawford had a slow start, but has come on strong to help the Cowboys defense to what is currently a 10-1 record and look to be one of the teams favored to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year.
Crawford is 6 ft. 4 in. tall and plays at around 285 lbs.