|No. 74 – New England Patriots|
|Born:||December 25, 1993|
Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Sergeant Bluff-Luton|
(Sergeant Bluff, Iowa)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Croston was born in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, son to Kim and Dave Croston. Dave, a former third round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1987, was a starting offensive tackle and three-year letterman for Hayden Fry's Iowa Hawkeyes in the mid-1980s. Cole later attended Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School.
Croston, who grew up an Iowa fan due to his father's connection with the university, was initially a walk-on for the Hawkeyes. He was a two-year starter and received honorable mention All-Big Ten honors his senior season. He was the 2015 winner of the Next Man In Award on the offensive side of the ball.
Croston signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2017. He made the Patriots 53-man roster as a reserve due to his versatility to play both tackle and guard. He was inactive the first nine games of the season before making his NFL debut in Week 11, coming in at left guard to finish the game in a 33-8 win over the Raiders. The Patriots reached Super Bowl LII and lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
On September 1, 2018, Croston was waived by the Patriots and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was promoted to the active roster on September 15, 2018. He was waived on November 6, 2018 and was re-signed to the practice squad. Croston was a part of the Patriots Super Bowl LIII winning team when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on February 5, 2019.
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- McBride, Jim. "Undrafted long shot Cole Croston makes the Patriots". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "Official Athletics Website of the Iowa Hawkeyes". HawkeyeSports.com. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
- "Patriots Sign Sixth-Round Draft Pick Conor McDermott; Sign 19 Rookie Free Agents". Patriots.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
- Duffy, Kevin. "Meet New England Patriots OT Cole Croston, a surprising addition to the 53-man roster". MassLive. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "Patriots Announce Roster Cutdown". Patriots.com. September 1, 2018.
- "Patriots Sign Eight to the Practice Squad; Place TE Ryan Izzo on Injured Reserve". Patriots.com. September 2, 2018.
- "Patriots Sign OL Cole Croston to the 53-Man Roster; Release WR Bennie Fowler; Sign WR Riley McCarron to the Practice Squad". Patriots.com. September 15, 2018.
- "Patriots Make a Series of Roster Moves". Patriots.com. November 6, 2018.
- Kyed, Doug (February 5, 2019). "Patriots Sign Eight Of 10 Practice Squad Players To Future Contracts". NESN.com.