Who is Channing Crowder?
Channing is a former professional American Football player, a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Miami Dolphins from 2005 to 2010. Since retirement, he’s taken commentary work through various outlets.
Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Randolph Channing Crowder Jr. was born on 2 December 1983, in State College, Pennsylvania, USA, the son of Randy Crowder, who achieved All-American status as a defensive lineman, setting the stage for Channing’s own promising future in the sport. His mother’s name is Pauline Pope-Crowder. He attended North Springs High School in Georgia, where he quickly made a name for himself as a talented linebacker. Crowder’s outstanding performances earned him several notable accolades, including being named the North Springs Spartans MVP in 2001. Additionally, the same year, he received recognition as a PrepStar All-American, Rivals.com All-American, and SuperPrep All-American.
Channing Crowder enrolled at the University of Florida, accepting an athletic scholarship, and joined the Florida Gators football team in 2003 under the coaching of Ron Zoo. His college career was filled with remarkable achievements and numerous accolades.
In his freshman year, Crowder made an immediate impact by playing in 11 games starting nine, the most by a freshman linebacker in school history at the time. He set the record for most tackles by a freshman, demonstrating his exceptional skills on the field. Despite missing two games due to arthroscopic knee surgery, Crowder still made first place among linebackers among Florida’s true freshmen. Moreover, he shared the ninth spot on the team in terms of plays. He was the first true freshman linebacker to start for the Gators following the same achievement by Travis Harris back in 2000. Crowder’s season concluded with impressive statistics, including 106 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, four pass breakups, and a forced fumble. His outstanding performances earned him a spot on various All-Freshman teams, and recognition as the Sporting News SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year.
As a team captain in his sophomore year, Crowder continued to excel on the field. He was third on the team combining for 73 tackles, and earned the team’s outstanding linebacker award, leading the Gators in tackles during six games and recorded 8.5 tackles for loss. He showcased his versatility by intercepting his first career pass against Arkansas, and returning it for 22 yards in a victory. Additionally, he achieved a career-high two quarterback sacks against LSU’s JaMarcus Russell and recorded an SEC and career-best 18 tackles. Despite missing a few games due to a mid-foot sprain, Crowder’s impact was undeniable, and he concluded the season with further accolades, including being named a first-team All-SEC selection and an ESPN All-American.
Throughout his college career, Channing Crowder received several honors and awards, including the College Football News Freshman of the Year, selection to various All-Freshman teams, first-team All-SEC and second-team All-SEC honors, and recognition as an ESPN All-American. He also served as a team captain, and was named the Florida Gators’ Outstanding Linebacker in 2004.
Professional Career and Success with Miami Dolphins
Crowder was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round (70th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract and had an impressive rookie season, starting in 13 out of 16 games, showcasing his skills by recording 90 tackles, along with two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and four passes defended. His tackle count ranked second on the team, and he was in the top five among all NFL rookies that year.
Continuing his success, Crowder progressed in his second season in 2006, finishing second on the Dolphins tackles with 104, demonstrating his consistent performance on the field. Additionally, he recorded one sack throughout the season. Despite his strong contributions, Crowder suffered a hip injury in November, which forced him to leave a game prematurely.
In the 2008 season, Crowder faced an incident during a game against the New England Patriots – a fight with Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light resulted in his ejection from the game.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Crowder was re-signed by the Dolphins to a three-year contract. On 6 December 2009, he achieved a career milestone by making his first career interception, helping the Dolphins secure a victory. However, his season ended prematurely as he was placed on injured reserve on 30 December due to a foot injury. Subsequently, the Dolphins released Crowder on 29 July 2011.
— Channing Crowder (@OfficialCrowder) April 15, 2021
Following his release, Crowder announced his retirement from the NFL on 9 August 2011. However, on 1 February 2012, he expressed his intention to restart his professional career during an appearance on the Super Bowl’s Radio Row, indicating a potential comeback.
After retiring from the NFL Crowder expanded his involvement in the sports media industry. In the 2011 NFL season, he worked as a commentator on WQAM, providing analysis and insights on football-related topics. He co-hosted a midday show on WQAM alongside Adam Kuperstein, a news anchor from NBC 6, however, the show was recently canceled.
Following that, Crowder became part of the popular podcast “I AM ATHLETE”, hosted by former NFL player Brandon Marshall, alongside Chad Johnson and Fred Taylor. The podcast, which gained significant success since its launch in April 2020, focused on trending sports topics and discussed broader societal issues. Initially starting with the “I Am Athlete Miami” podcast, the brand expanded with spin-offs such as “I Am Nascar” and “I Am Woman”.
However, Channing recently departed from the show, along with Fred Taylor. The departure of Taylor and Crowder was explained on the “Bussin’ With the Boys” podcast. Taylor mentioned that Brandon Marshall, who made the initial investment in the podcast, took the majority of control and ideas. Taylor and Crowder decided to start their own brand together, emphasizing that they aren’t competing with “I AM ATHLETE” but simply offering something enjoyable for their audience.
Taylor and Crowder have since focused their efforts on a new business venture called “The Pivot”. They aim to provide the same chemistry, transparency and fun they offered on “I AM ATHLETE”, while establishing consistency. The new project has seen instant success, amassing an impressive 131,000 subscribers, and hosting notable guests such as Charles Haley.
According to authoritative sources, Channing Crowder’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million, as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Channing Crowder married Aja Crowder in 2011, and the couple has been blessed with three children, two sons and a daughter.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Channing Crowder has black hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 2ins (1.88m), while he weighs approximately 250lbs (113kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, but he still has an athletic figure.