New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is pressured by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (98) as he passes during the second half of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Crawford has retired from the NFL after nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ron Jenkins

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is pressured by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (98) as he passes during the second half of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Crawford has retired from the NFL after nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ron Jenkins

Canadian Tyrone Crawford retires from NFL after long run with Dallas Cowboys

Crawford is the second long-serving Canadian to leave the Cowboys this off-season

DALLAS — Canadian defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford has retired from the NFL after nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

The 31-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., had 179 tackles and 25 sacks in 112 career games for Dallas.

The Cowboys picked Crawford in the third round (81st overall) of the NFL draft out of Boise State University.

Crawford missed more than two games in a season just twice, including 2013 when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the pre-season.

Crawford’s best year was 2018 when he had 5 1/2 sacks and 33 tackles as the Cowboys won the NFC East.

Crawford posted a statement on Twitter announcing his decision.

“Thinking back to 2012 when (Cowboys owner Jerry) Jones and the Jones family took a chance on a kid from Windsor, Canada still gives me chills to this day,” Crawford wrote. “I have to thank them for the love and commitment they have shown me and my family over the years.”

Crawford is the second long-serving Canadian to leave the Cowboys this off-season.

Long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur’s 16-year run with the franchise ended when the Cowboys signed Jake McQuaide.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2021.

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