Netherlands: Estrus Crayton Signs With The Alphen Eagles

Photo: Connie Anderson
Alphen Eagles, winners of Dutch Championships, are proud to present Estrus Crayton as the new Headcoach. With the help of Joop Woudenberg and family van Brussel, team managed to get in contact with Estrus. All are connected with Santa Ana College.

Antonio Banks and Jon Horton were the first American coaches in Alphen introduced by Desiree and Johan van Brussel. For the Eagles organization it is very important to invest in a solid coaching staff. The exposure in the region, in the middle of all big cities in the Netherlands, is huge for the team and still growing.

Estrus Crayton played running back at Santa Ana College from 1989-1990 and still holds eight different records. He was a runningback that the defense would commit eight men to the line of scrimmage to try and  stop, piled up 4,062 all-purpose yards and 42 touchdowns in two seasons before transferring to USC.

During his 1992 season at USC, Crayton rushed for 700 yards on 83 carries. In the game against UCLA, he rushed for 140 yards making it his best single-game total. Carl Sawyer, retired JC writer for the Orange County Register, recalls Crayton's abilities, "He was as good a JC player as I'd ever seen. He changed directions, he'd blow your mind with his elusiveness and he was stronger than people thought. He did it all."

Crayton played professionally for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL and for the Duesseldorf Panthers, Hanau Hawks, Berlin Adler, Hamburg Blue Devils, Kiel Baltic Hurricanes and again Duesseldorf Panthers in Germany.
Mostly as a player /coach. He won the Eurobowls and 5 GFL Championships with different teams.

Alphen Eagles want to create a platform to win the Dutch Championships within the upcoming years and improve to a EFAF-cup winner team. Estrus Crayton is pleased with the amount of young talented players of the Alphen Eagles. Next 3 years, teams new Headcoach, Estrus Crayton, will be in charge of the new coaching staff. 

Koos van Duijn