While it was hoped that the prolific, albeit oft-injured passer from Alabama could anchor the quarterback position, he – like all too many others who have come after Len Dawson – ended up being a place holder. Sadly, Croyle’s story was less about his time on the field than the continual mantra from the organization that this was going to be his year to shine. It was a promise never fulfilled as he failed to earn a single win in 10 career starts over his five-year career with the Chiefs.
His first year in the league, he was the understudy to Trent Green in what should have been an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback. When Green was shipped to Miami before the 2007 season, Croyle was given the chance to compete for the starting job with Damon Huard – a battle featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Croyle received more attention for his wife, Kelli, than his play under center. He would appear in nine games, losing all six that he started.