Former Miami Dolphins and Florida Gators linebacker Channing Crowder tells D. Orlando Ledbetter he wants to return to the NFL as a member of the Atlanta Falcons after a surprising retirement at age 27. He's played for new Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan before -- meaning he could play a similar role to the one Mike Smith's right-hand-man Mike Peterson has done over the past four years. Crowder says Nolan's told him the Falcons will stay in touch.
Crowder's best season came in 2008, when he started 13 games and tallied 92 tackles.
While he has a rocky reputation around parts of the league, I'm totally fine with him coming back to Georgia (he starred at North Springs as a high schooler) as long as he brings stories like this one:
So with his career (possibly) over, we've seen a few people throwing around some of their best Channing Crowder memories. Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post passed along maybe the most memorable Crowder story:
My Channing Crowder memory: Tells me warm tale abt getting a dog for X-mas. Concludes, "But it bit a cop, so we had to shoot it in the head"