19830212 USFL USFL dreams become nightmares p2 TMN
USFL, from 1B team's next-to-last next-to-last next-to-last next-to-last next-to-last cut. "I was having a great camp in Buffalo also," Crump said. "I mean. things were going my way. The papers papers wrote 'Is this the guy that is going to replace Joe Cribbs?' Then I pulled a hamstring. They looked at other guys and I was out." But the life in NFL and USFL training camps Is nothing compared to what he went through in Canada when he was one of the league's top rushers. Maybe, that's why he has a realistic approach to his chances with the Breakers. "In Canada. the teams used to bring in four or five backs a week to look at," Crump said. "I'll never forget in 1977 when I was leading the league in rushing, they brought in 20 backs one week. They really kept you hopping. You couldn't af ford one bad game." Things are not that bad with the Breakers, but Crump knows he will have to win his spot on the roster on the field because he is not as well-known well-known well-known as some of the players from Nebraska. Crump does have one advantage other phiyers don't he is good friends with Steve Coury, the son of head coach Dick Coury. Steve is now the Breakers receivers coach. "We played together in Canada," Crump said. "I used to throw the halfback pass to him. He knows what I can do. I'm sure he is pulling for me but he's not the guy with the final say-so." say-so." say-so." Crump, who made it in the CFL after only two years of junior college college football, wishes he had stayed in college. Things might have been easier in the NFL and in the USFL had he made a name for himself at a major university. "I should've gotten a complete education," Crump said. "Then, when I'm through I would have a good job to fall back on. I had two great years at Northeast Oaklahoma Oaklahoma Junior College. The University of Oaklahoma recruited me. I could've made a name for myself there and things would've been easier easier in the NFL and here." Had Crump known about life in the NFL he might have stayed in Canada. He turned dowka three year contract with Toronto to take a shot at the INIFL, last year. "I got some bad advice on that," Crump said. "I should've taken the contract. I would be stable now and have the money to do the things I want to. But it was a shot I had to take. And life goes on. I made a decision decision back then and I can't go back. "The Canadian League was good to me. I was able to get my mother out of the ghetto. She's a diabetic and I have eight brothers and two sisters. With the money I made in Canada I was able to buy her a house in North Miami. I feel real good about that. But most of the money I made went to paying double double taxes, for Canada and the U.S. Now, I'm looking to do something for me and for Overtown. I may not live in Overtown anymore but I haven't lost my roots. I go back and advise kids. I want to open a sporting sporting goods store there if I make it here. I want to help the community start a boys club which is badly needed in the area. There's no one to help kids there." That may explain why Crump has so much riding on today's scrimmage. At 27, the former Miami High All-County All-County All-County running back says he still at the peak of his career and he has something to prove. "I'm in my prime and I've never been hurt seriously," Crump said. "I've had minor bruises but my knees are fine and I've never had a broken bone. I'm better than I was before because I have the expertence expertence now. I have a lot of confidence in myself regardless of who I'm competing against. That's why I think I'm going to make it. "Kids in Miami see me and say 'what happened to J.C. Crump? Why is he out of football at such an early age.' My friends will say, 'you should've made it,' even though they don't know what factors go into making a football team. That hurts. I don't want that to happened. happened. You never know if you are going to get a fair shot but at least I have a chance. Tell all my fans to come up and watch me play."