MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois standout wide receiver Terriun Crump (Country Club Hills/Rich Central/College of DuPage) agreed to a free agent football contract with the NFL Chicago Bears on Saturday (April 28).
He now has a chance to make a Bears roster that lists eight wide receivers, including a second round draft pick chosen Friday. Crump will report to the upcoming mini-camp in Lake Forest.
"It's an amazing feeling. Growing up in Chicago, this is a great opportunity and a dream for me," said Crump, who had two workouts with the Bears. "It really hasn't sunk in yet, still kind of a surreal moment. I'm trying to soak it in, but it'll probably hit me later on tonight.
"Growing up and playing football, in Chicago you want to play for the Bears. I'm going to try to do the best I can and represent Leatherneck nation," said Crump.
The Leathernecks' co-Most Valuable Player last season, Crump was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. He was tied for second in the league in receptions per game (5.5) and second in yards (85.8 ypg). Crump caught 61 passes for 944 yards, which rank him fourth and sixth, respectively, among the Western season 'Top 10' leaders.
In 35 games played during his three-year career Crump accumulated: 2,067 yards (fourth all-time in Western history), 135 receptions (fifth), 11 touchdowns (tied 10th) and 59.1 receiving yards per game (eighth).
He also tied the season (5) and career (8) records for most 100-yard receiving games. Arguably one of the biggest games of his career came at home against Southern Illinois last fall when he went 77 yards on a catch-and-run touchdown with 26 seconds left to snap a 21-all tie and secure the victory. Crump finished the game with 163 yards, the second-highest single-game total of his career.
Since the end of the 2011 season, Crump has been working out constantly with Leatherneck alum Don Beebe. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to extend his playing career following the long workout hours.
"I was training for the combine with (9-year NFL veteran
wide receiver) Don Beebe and I learned a lot from him. There were a lot of rigorous
workouts, going over the same things for weeks and months but it was worth it,"
said Crump. "I'm really excited and feel blessed to have a shot at making a NFL