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Our Taco John's Athlete of the Week is one of the reasons the Storm are succeeding in their so-called "Season of Redemption."  Rachman Crable has been a force on the defensive line.  And he's coming into his own as a team leader as well.

The Sioux Falls Storm has had a lot of great players on its defense.  Mark Blackburn, Shannon Poppinga, and Cory Johnsen to name a few.  Rachman Crable is one of the latest to join that list.

"Rach is a definite, definite powerhouse, along with our defensive line," said Storm linebacker Mark Blackburn.  "That's our strength to our team."

Crable has been a rock on the line since joining the team.  Normally he plays end with great success.  He had 8 sacks last season and more than 20 tackles for a loss.  But this year, he's also played nose tackle, especially while Johnsen was injured, and continued to make an impact.

"Silent leadership.  He's a very intelligent individual, but he's not one that's gonna be flashy," said Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs.  "His play will do the talking, and the same with his work ethic."

A former Ball State player, Crable spends much of his year in Turkey with his fiancee, who plays basketball overseas.  Still, he loves coming back to Sioux Falls to play his sport.  Then, like his coach says, he displays that silent leadership.

"I'm kind of behind-the-scenes," said Crable.  "Not really up in people's face and trying to call people out in front of the team or make them feel awkward.  I'm kind of a more behind-the-scenes type of a guy."

Crable can show some emotion though, especially after scoring a defensive touchdown.  He just tries to keep it to a minimum.

"Once you hit 30, you've got to pick and choose your spots when you do things like that," said Crable. "Because you get a little tired doing it."

Fans rarely get tired of watching Rachman Crable play.  As one of the best players on a consistently stellar defense, the only reason anyone would want him off the field, is to get the offense on it instead.
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