Jack Justin Crawford was born on September 7, 1988 in London, England. After moving to the U.S. in 2005, he began playing football as a junior at St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, NJ. As a true freshman at Penn State he played 13 games as a reserve defensive tackle and tight end. He finished the year with four tackles and two pass breakups. He started 12 of 13 games at defensive end, finishing the year with 31 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors that season. As a junior he started seven of 10 games, missing three games due to a foot injury. He finished the year with 14 tackles, 4.5 for loss and two sacks. During his senior year he started all 13 games on his way to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors while recording 40 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, six pass breakups and one fumble recoveries. He was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Signed by Oakland Raiders on June 7, 2012 ... Cut by Raiders on August 3, 2014 ... Signed by Dallas Cowboys on September 2, 2014 ... Placed on injured reserve by the Cowboys with a broken thumb on November 26, 2014 ... Re-signed by Cowboys on April 4, 2016 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 9, 2017 ... Placed on injured reserve by Falcons with a torn biceps on October 3, 2017.
2017: Signed by Falcons to a three-year contract worth up to $10.3 million. The base value of the contract is $8.8 million, including $3 million in guaranteed money. THe remainder of the deal includes $500,000 worth of incentives paid out each year. His guaranteed money includes a $2.5 million signing bonus and $500,000 of his 2017 base salary being fully guaranteed at signing. His contract also includes per-game roster bonuses of $17,187.50 paid out in 2018 and 2019 for a total of $275,000 in each season. His base salaries are: $1.25 million (2017) and $2.25 million (2018-19). His cap hits (roundest to nearest hundred) are: $2.0833 million (2017), $3.3583 million (2018-19).