Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Cliff Crosby started his football career during his sophomore year of high school. Crosby admitted basketball was his favorite sport growing up, but with football season occurring in the fall, it gave him the opportunity to spend more time outside from home and learn his craft.
Being on the football field helped Crosby step into a positive environment. He saw the benefits of teamwork, being part of a unit, and most importantly, getting himself away from bad situations. Ultimately, football became a safe haven for Crosby.
After being recruited to the University of Maryland as a running back, Cliff later found himself on the defensive side of the huddle. Despite the struggles that came with learning a new position, Crosby honed in on defense during his last two years, overcoming injuries to win most improved player. His work ethic eventually presented the opportunity for him to make it to the NFL as a defensive back.
Coming into the league as an undrafted free agent, Crosby mentioned his transition to the NFL was tough. He competed against players who played defensive back their entire careers, but admitted the pressure helped him perform to the best of his ability.