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Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree
Michael Crabtree - San Francisco vs Green Bay 2012.jpg
No. 15     San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 14, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birthDallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High schoolDallas (TX) Carter
CollegeTexas Tech
NFL Draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 2009 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2014
Receiving yards4,281
Receiving TDs26
Stats at
Michael Alex Crabtree, Jr. (born September 14, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Texas Tech University, where he was a two-time unanimous All-American and twice recognized as the nation's top college receiver. Crab tree was drafted by the 49ers tenth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.                                                                                                                                    Early years
Crab tree was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended David W. Carter High School in Dallas, where he played basketballfootballand ran track. He played as a quarterback for the Carter Cowboys high school football team. As a senior, he passed for 870 yards and eleven touchdowns on 45 completions out of 100 attempts. He also ran for 646 yards and nine touchdowns on 100 carries. He was a four-star football recruit as an athlete.[1][2]
In addition to playing football in high school, Michael Crabtree was also on the basketball team and ranked among the top 51 recruits in the state of Texas going into college.[1] During a visit in 2004, Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight asked Crabtree which sport he was going to choose. Though the decision was not an easy one, he opted to play college football exclusively.[3]


Crab tree was offered football scholarships by BaylorIllinoisIowaKansas StateOklahomaTexas A&MTexas Tech and Kansas. He was also recruited by Texas, whose coaches wanted him to play defense. Crab tree refused, stating that he wanted to score touchdowns.[4]
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Michael Crabtree
Dallas, TexasCarter6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)190 lb (86 kg)4.51Jul 8, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
  • "2005 Team Ranking".

College career

Crab tree accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Texas Tech University, where he played for coach Mike Leach's Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 2006 to 2008.[1]

Freshman season

Michael Crab tree was red shirted his freshman season of 2006 due to a transcript glitch and a position change from QB to WR.[5]

Crabtree breaks free on the "jaibreak" screen for Texas Tech in their win over Texas A&M in 2007
In 2007, Crab tree started his red shirt-freshman season against SMU. The Red Raiders won 49–9, and Crabtree stood out with 106 yards receiving on twelve receptions for three touchdowns. The next week, in a 45–31 win over UTEP, Crabtree continued his performance with 15 receptions, 188 yards, and two touchdowns. Against the Rice Owls, Crabtree put up 244 yards on eleven receptions for three touchdowns. In Tech's first loss of the season, against Oklahoma State, he had 14 receptions for 237 yards and three touchdowns. In a 75–7 win over Northwestern State, Crab tree had 145 yards on eight receptions for three touchdowns in only two and a half quarters of playing time. In the contest against Iowa State, Crab tree had 10 receptions for 154 yards and three touchdowns.[6]
During the Iowa State game, Crab tree broke the season record for most touchdown receptions by a freshman receiver. The previous record of 14 was shared by Jabar Gaffney in 2000, Mike Williams in 2002, and Davone Bess in 2005.[7] In the October 13, 2007 game, Crab tree tacked on 170 more receiving yards on eight receptions but had no touchdowns in a 35–7 win over the Texas A&M Aggies. This brought his total yardage to 1,244. In the next game, against Missouri, he again did not score but still added 76 more yards on ten catches.[6] In spite of having two consecutive games without a touchdown, CBS Sports still ranked Crab tree as the top freshman in the nation.[8]
During the game against Colorado, Crab tree made his 99th catch. This set three records simultaneously—most single-season receptions by a freshman in I-A, most single-season receptions by a Red Raider, and most single-season touchdowns by a Big 12 player (18). Crabtree finished his freshman season with 134 receptions, 1,962 yards and 22 TDs.[9]

Sophomore season

Crabtree in action during the Texas Tech at Kansas game in 2008
Before the beginning of his sophomore seasonCBS Sports listed Crab tree as a Heisman hopeful. Tech quarterback Graham Harrell's name also appeared on the list.[10] Crab tree, along with Harrell and head coach Mike Leach, were featured on the cover of the 2008 edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football.[11] His name has also appeared on the Maxwell Award preseason watchlist along with Harrell.[12] To support the Heisman campaign of both Harrell and Crab tree, Texas Tech created a website called Pass Or Catch, which is modelled after political campaigns. The site has garnered national attention and was awarded a Telly Award which honors the best in local, regional, and cable commercials and programs, as well as online videos, films, and commercials.[13][14] Crab tree finished fifth in the Heisman race behind Harrell at fourth.[15]
Crab tree began his sophomore campaign in the 49-24 win over Eastern Washington, recording 9 receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time. In the following 35-19 win over Nevada, he totaled 7 receptions for 158 yards and an 82-yard touchdown catch. Crabtree was selected as the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week for following 43-7 win over Southern Methodist for totaling a season-high 164 yards and 3 touchdowns from 8 receptions.
In the 56–14 win over Massachusetts, Crabtree recorded 62 yards and a touchdown off of 5 receptions in limited playing time. In the following 58-28 win over Kansas State, he totaled 107 yards on 9 receptions for 2 touchdowns. The Red Raiders then defeated Nebraska 37-31, in which he had 5 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. In the following 43-25 win over Texas A&M, he totaled 71 yards and two touchdowns from 8 receptions. He also compiled his first kickoff return of his career in the game, running the ball for 50 yards. On the return however, he tweaked his left ankle and hobbled off the field.[16]
Crabtree partially recovered from his ankle sprain enough to play at Kansas, where he amassed 70 yards and two touchdowns off of 9 receptions in a 63-21 Tech victory. The Red Raiders then upset #1 Texas 39-33. Down 33-32, Tech drove down into Longhorns' territory with 8 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Graham Harrell threw to Crab tree in double coverage inside the 10-yard line. Crabtree grabbed the pass, shook a defender on the sideline, and ran into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown with a second left in the game.[17] As the Red Raiders won, Crabtree finished with 127 yards and a touchdown off of 10 receptions. In Oklahoma State game, Crabtree recorded 89 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches. He extended his streak of at least five receptions and a touchdown catch to 13 games, placing him in a tie for second-longest all time.[18] In these three games, he hobbled off the field at times after making catches.[19] He used the bye week before the Oklahoma game to fully recover from the injury.[20] On December 2, 2008, Crabtree and teammate Graham Harrell were named as Walter Camp Award finalists.[21] Crabtree started the year with the expectation that he would compete for the Heisman trophy, and in the end he finished fifth in the Heisman voting, garnering 3 first place votes.[22]
On April 23, 2009, EA Sports announced that Crabtree would be featured on the cover of NCAA Football 10 for Xbox 360.[23] Cover athletes for the other editions of the game areBrian Johnson of the Utah Utes (PlayStation 3), Brian Orakpo of the Texas Longhorns (PlayStation 2), and Mark Sanchez of the USC Trojans (PlayStation Portable). The game was available in stores beginning July 14, 2009.[24][25]

NCAA records,    

Crabtree holds eight NCAA records. See also NCAA records held by individual Red Raiders
NCAA recordStatistic
Most passes caught by two players same team, season243 (2007) with Danny Amendola
Most passes caught by a freshman, season134 (2007)
Most passes caught by a freshman, season per game10.3 (2007) (134 in 13 games)
Most yards gained by a freshman, season1,962 (2007)
Most yards gained by a freshman, season per game150.9 (2007)
Most games gaining 100 yards or more by a freshman, season11 (2007)
Most touchdown passes caught by a freshman22 (2007)
Most touchdown passes caught in freshman and sophomore seasons[26]41 (2007 (22) & 2008 (19))


Michael Crabtree has received multiple honors. In addition to being a two-time unanimous first-team All-American, he is a two-time Biletnikoff Award and Paul Warfield Awardwinner. Only 5 Red Raiders overall have earned unanimous All-American honors: Mark Bounds in 1991, Zach Thomas in 1995, Byron Hanspard in 1996, and Jace Amaro in 2013.[28]
2007All-Big 12Selected for first team[29]
2007AFCA Coaches' All-AmericaSelectedOne of two wide receivers selected; first Freshman to earn the honor since Herschel Walker in 1980[30]
2007AP All-AmericaSelected for first teamGarnered Unanimous All-America status by being selected for a fifth NCAA-recognized All-America team[31][32]
2007AP Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the YearSelected[33][34]
2007AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the YearWinnerFirst freshman to win the award[35]
2007Biletnikoff AwardWinnerFirst freshman and first Big 12 player ever chosen for the honor[36] All-AmericaSelected to first team[37] Freshman of the YearSelectedUnanimous first place selection[38]
2007ESPN All-AmericaSelected[39]
2007FWAA All-AmericaSelected for team[40]
2007Maxwell AwardChosen as a semifinalistOnly freshman chosen as semifinalist in 2007[41][42]
2007Paul Warfield AwardWinner[37] National Freshman of the YearSelected[43] All-AmericaSelected for first team[44]
2007Sporting News All-AmericaSelected for first teamGarnered Consensus All-America status by being selected for a third NCAA-recognized All-America team[45]
2007Sporting News Big 12 All-Freshman TeamSelected[46]
2007Touchdown Club of Columbus Freshman of the YearSelected[37]
2007Walter Camp All-AmericaSelected for first team[47]
2008Playboy All-AmericaSelected[48]
2008Preseason All-Big 12Selected for first teamOnly unanimous selection[49][50]
2008All-Big 12Selected for first teamOnly offensive unanimous selection[51]
2008AFCA Coaches' All-AmericaSelectedOne of three returnees from last year's list[52]
2008Biletnikoff AwardWinnerFirst ever two-time winner[53]
2008Walter Camp All-AmericaSelected for first team[54]
2008FWAA All-AmericaSelected for teamGarnered Consensus All-America status by being selected for a third NCAA-recognized All-America team[55] All-AmericaSelected for first team[56]
2008AP All-AmericaSelected for first team[57]
2008Sporting News All-AmericaSelected for first teamGarnered Unanimous All-America status by being selected for a fifth NCAA-recognized All-America team[58]
2008Paul Warfield AwardWinner[59]
2008NCAA Football 10 cover athleteXbox 360 release[24][25]

Professional career


Shortly before the deadline, Crabtree declared himself eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft, after discussions with his coach Mike Leach, and with representatives of the NFL who advised that "he would be a first-round pick".[60] At the press conference to announce his plans to enter the NFL draft, Crabtree was accompanied by his Texas Tech Red Raider teammate Brandon Williams, who made a similar announcement. Williams had led the Big 12 Conference in sacks.[61] NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper had projected Crabtree to be selected by the Seattle Seahawks as the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.[62]
On February 21, 2009, it was reported that Crabtree sustained a Jones fracture in his left foot, which would require surgery to insert a screw and would leave him unable to perform for the next six to ten weeks including the NFL Combine and Texas Tech's pro day.[63] Doctors found that the injury happened recently, and possibly during his training for the combine.[64] However, Crabtree stated that the stress fracture had been there for a year and did not cause him pain.[65] On March 1, Crabtree stated he would have surgery and forgo the workout at Texas Tech's pro day on March 26.[66]
At the 2009 NFL Combine, Crabtree weighed 214 pounds; his height was reported at 6′1⅜″.[67] He later scored 15 on the Wonderlic Test.[68]

Crabtree stretching

San Francisco 49ers (2009-present)

Crabtree was selected 10th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL Draft.[69] He was the highest drafted Texas Tech Red Raider since Donny Anderson went seventh overall in the 1965 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2009, Crabtree failed to report for training camp because he had no contract.[70][71][72] Crabtree's training camp no show was the first for a rookie since 2005.[73] Sources[who?] close to Crabtree indicated that he was prepared to sit out the 2009-2010 NFL season and re-enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[74] Crabtree's agent Eugene Parker stated that he denied threatening the 49ers with having Crabtree sit out the season and reenter the draft.[75]
On August 30, 2009, Crabtree became the very last holdout and unsigned draft pick from the 2009 NFL draft when Andre Smith, the 6th overall pick, signed with the Bengals.[76][77] That day was also the 32nd day of Crabtree's holdout,[76] and only 10 days short of the all time long holdout for any 49er rookie in the franchise's history.[73] Beat reporter Matt Maiocco had reported rumors that the signing could have happened around Labor Day, but that did not occur as the sides remained at a complete impasse.[76] Over Labor Day weekend Deion Sanders, an NFL reporter and Crabtree counselor,[78] stated on the NFL Total Access show that Crabtree was indeed willing to sit out the entire season.[78][79] Sanders also claimed that the rookie receiver was not in "dire need" of money at that time.[78]
By September 9, 2009, Crabtree set a 49ers record by becoming the longest rookie holdout in franchise history.[80] The last first round draft pick to hold out for an entire season was quarterback Kelly Stouffer in 1987 when he refused to sign with the Cardinals.[79][80] Stouffer was eventually traded in April 1988 to the Seahawks for three draft picks, including a first pick in the 1989 draft.[80] The 49ers would have had the option to trade the rights to Crabtree only after March 1, 2010, and up until the next draft. If a team were to trade for the rights, that team would not be able to sign such a player before the 2010 NFL Draft. If he was not signed by the 49ers and then traded to another team, his contract would have then counted against that team's 2010 rookie pool.[80][81]
On September 21, 2009, the 49ers filed charges against the New York Jets for attempting to tamper with their negotiations with Crabtree. The 49ers may believe the Jets contacted Crabtree's agent to let him know they'd be interested in trading for his rights, or in drafting him in 2010 with a better salary than the 49ers were offering.[82][83] The 49ers had until November 17 to sign Crabtree or he wouldn't be allowed to play in the 2009 season along with it being considered a non-accrued season for contract purposes.
On October 7, 2009, ESPN reported that Crabtree and the 49ers had agreed to a six-year contract. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal would be worth $32 million, with $17 million guaranteed, $8 million more than offered by the team in August 2009, but also a year longer. The contract can void to five years based on Pro Bowl and playing time triggers.[84]

Crabtree on the sidelines on November 12, 2009

2009 Season

On October 25, 2009, Crabtree made his first career NFL start against the Houston Texans catching 5 passes for 56 yards and playing more snaps[85] than any other 49ers receiver in the game.[86] On November 22, 2009, Crabtree caught his first touchdown on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith, beating veteran All-Pro cornerback Al Harris on the play. He caught his second touchdown pass, and his first touchdown at Candlestick Park against the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 14 divisional match up. He led all rookie receivers in yards per game, with 56.8 yards per game.

2010 Season

In the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Crabtree caught 2 passes for 12 yards (career low). It was the first time in his career that he did not record at least 3 receptions in a game. In the home opener on Monday Night Football against New Orleans he caught just 1 pass (career low) for 32 yards. On October 10, 2010, Crabtree recorded his first career 100+ yard game. He caught 9 passes for 105 yards and also had a 7-yard touchdown. He caught the go-ahead 32-yard touchdown against Oakland in week 6. It was the first time he caught a touchdown in consecutive games.

2011 Season

Crabtree suffered a broken foot during player-only off-season workouts. He received surgery and missed the entire preseason. In the first game of the regular season against the Seattle Seahawks, he was still obviously not fully recovered from his injury and sat out the second half of that game and the next game against the Dallas Cowboys. Crabtree caught his first touchdown of the season in a 20-10 win against the Cleveland Browns. His second touchdown reception occurred in a home game against the St. Louis Rams on a 52-yard pass from QB Alex Smith. In the final game of the regular season in St. Louis, Crabtree recorded the first multi-touchdown game of his NFL career with two touchdown receptions, one of which came from kicker David Akers on a fake field-goal. Crabtree finished the season with a career high in both receptions(72) and receiving yards(874).
In the playoffs, Crabtree caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the divisional round against the New Orleans Saints to give the 49ers an early 14-0 lead. However, in the Saints game and NFC Championship game against the New York Giants, he totaled only five receptions for 28 yards.

2012 Season

Crabtree in 2012 at Lambeau Field.
In 2012, Crabtree posted his first season with greater than 1,000 receiving yards as he continued to develop as a player and grow into his role as the number-one target in the 49ers' passing game. Following Colin Kaepernick's ascension to the starting QB position, Crabtree became a greater focal point of the offense, as Kaepernick's ability enabled more down-field passing. It became clear that Kaepernick and Crabtree had developed quite a rapport, as Crabtree began to put up better numbers with Kaepernick at the helm. Late in the season, Crabtree showed dominance in games against the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, with 281 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions in those two games. Crabtree finished with career highs in targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns. In the post-season, Crabtree had 9 catches for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 49ers victory over the Green Bay Packers, as well as 6 receptions for 57 yards in the NFC Championship win over the Atlanta Falcons. Crabtree had 5 receptions for 109 yards including a touchdown in theSuper Bowl XLVII loss to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34-31.

2013 Season

On May 22, 2013, Crabtree underwent surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon. The surgery required a minimum of 6 months to recover. On August 27, 2013, the 49ers placed Crabtree on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. He was most likely to return to the field in mid-November 2013.[87] On November 25, 2013, rumors circulated online that he would be activated since November 26 would be the deadline for the team to activate him or face benching him for the rest of the season. On November 26, 2013, the 49ers activated him and waived a backup quarterback to make room for him on the 53 man roster.[88] Crabtree played his first game of the 2013 season on December 1, 2013 in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams making 2 receptions for 68 yards and the 49ers won the game 23-13. Crabtree caught his first and only touchdown of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2014 season

On October 17, 2014, Crabtree was fined $5,512 for throwing a ball into the stands after celebrating a touchdown during Week 6 against the Rams.

Career statistics

NFL GamesReceiving
2009San Francisco 49ers114862513.0502
2010San Francisco 49ers165574113.560T6
2011San Francisco 49ers157287412.152T4
2012San Francisco 49ers16851,10513.049T9
2013San Francisco 49ers51928414.9601
CareerSan Francisco 49ers2883736136023
2011San Francisco 49ers25285.691
2012San Francisco 49ers32028514.3333
2013San Francisco 49ers31520313.5310


In 2012, Crabtree partnered with Ubisoft, makers of the video game, The Hip Hop Dance Experience, to create a touchdown celebration dance inspired by the video game. Each time Crabtree performed his signature dance move "The Crab Shake" on the field, Ubisoft made a charitable donation to the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco.[89]
Crabtree teamed up with Subway restaurants in 2009 in his first national endorsement. The deal involves a variety of endeavors including personal appearances and behind-the-scenes webisodes which debuted the week of the 2009 NFL Draft.[90] His other contracts includes EA SportsJordan Brand, three trading card companies, and MogoTXT.[91]

Personal life

Texas Tech University honored Crabtree, by incorporating a large mural of Crabtree as part of a $51.1 million expansion to the Jones AT&T Stadium. The mural is located on the east side of the stadium inside the concession area. Crabtree's image is also displayed prominently in the football training facility.[92] He is currently married to Michelle Carranza SIKE!!!! She lying