Darren Sharper
Player of American football
Darren Sharper
Darren Mallory Sharper is a retired American football safety of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at William & Mary. Sharper is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and was named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team. He has also played for the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. He is the younger brother of former NFL linebacker Jamie Sharper.
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Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison as rape victims in L.A. speak out
Chicago Times - 3 months
It was a routine the charismatic athlete had come to rely on. Chat up a couple of women at a club. Show them that a TV personality and former NFL player can be down-to-earth and genuine. Convince the women that the night is young and there is more fun elsewhere. Ply them with drinks laced with...
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NFL Super Bowl winner Sharper gets 20 years for drug-rape case
Yahoo News - 3 months
Super Bowl-winning former American football player Darren Sharper was jailed for 20 years by a judge in California on Tuesday in the final round of sentencing for a string of drug-rape crimes across several US states. Sharper, 41, had already been handed jail terms in Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona for a string of similar cases in which he drugged unwitting female companions before raping them. In the Los Angeles case, Sharper was convicted and sentenced for drugging four women he met on two separate occasions in a West Hollywood nightclub between October 2013 and January 2014.
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Ex-NFL player Sharper sentenced to up to 8 years in Las Vegas sex assault case
Yahoo News - 4 months
(Reuters) - Former NFL player Darren Sharper was sentenced to up to eight years in prison by a Las Vegas judge on Thursday on a charge of attempted sexual assault, though his lawyer said the sentence would run concurrently with his existing prison stint. Sharper, who retired from the NFL in 2011 after helping lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl championship, did not appear in court as he is in prison after pleading guilty in a federal Louisiana court to drugging three women and having sex with them while they were incapacitated. Sharper was sentenced on Thursday to 36 months to 96 months, said Clark County Courts spokeswoman Mary Ann Price.
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Ex-NFL star's co-defendants face sentences in drug-rape case
Yahoo News - 4 months
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two co-defendants in the drug and rape case that brought down one-time NFL star Darren Sharper were formally sentenced Thursday to lengthy prison terms — after hearing blistering condemnations from two of their victims in open court.
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Sharper's Hall of Fame Nomination Causes National Outcry
ABC News - 5 months
The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Darren Sharper on this year's list of Hall of Fame nominees has created a national outcry
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Sharper files notice of appeal in federal rape case
Fox News - 6 months
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL star Darren Sharper has filed a federal court notice that he now plans to appeal his conviction and nearly two-decade sentence in a drug and sexual assault case - a case in which he pleaded guilty.
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Darren Sharper Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison in Rape Case
NYTimes - 6 months
Sharper, a former N.F.L. star sentenced to 15 months short of the maximum, had been accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.
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Former NFL star Darren Sharper gets 18 years in prison
Yahoo News - 6 months
Los Angeles (AFP) - Former National Football League star Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday in connection with a series of rapes in four American states.
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Final defendant in Darren Sharper case due back in court
Fox News - 7 months
NEW ORLEANS (AP) The final co-defendant in the case against disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper is due back in court.
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New plea deal in ex-NFL star's US drug, sex assault case
Fox News - 12 months
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL star Darren Sharper has made a new plea deal with federal prosecutors in New Orleans in a drug and sexual assault case.
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Ex-NFL star Sharper denied NINE-year prison term in drug, rape cases
Reuters.com - about 1 year
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal judge in New Orleans rejected a plea deal on Thursday that would send former NFL player Darren Sharper to prison for roughly nine years, saying the sentence was too lenient for the drug and rape charges against him.
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Oakland Raiders' Charles Woodson To Retire After Season
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Charles Woodson's return to Oakland began with hundreds of fans gathering at the team's facility urging him to come back. The second stint will come to an end following an emotional farewell at the Oakland Coliseum. Woodson announced Monday he will retire following his 18th NFL season, ending a career that included a Heisman Trophy, a Super Bowl title and numerous other honors. Woodson said he realized late last month that he couldn't play another season and wanted to announce his decision before playing his final home game Thursday night against San Diego. "I felt it was only right that Raiders fans, my fans, fans that have watched me play for a long time, I'd let them all know that this Thursday night would be the last time in the Coliseum I would be able to run out there in front of our fans at home," Woodson said at a news conference. Woodson is one of the most accomplished defensive backs to play the game, ranking fifth all-time with 65 intercept ...
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  • 2016
    Age 40
    On August 18, 2016, Sharper was sentenced to 220 months of incarceration, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $20,000 fine.
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    In August 2016, Sharper was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple rape and drug-related charges.
    More Details Hide Details Sharper has an older sister, Monica, and an older brother, Jamie. The Sharpers attended Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia. Jamie played for the high school football team as a linebacker. Darren played for the varsity football and basketball teams. He was named to the honor roll, had perfect attendance in three of his four years, and was active in the foreign language club and student council. Hermitage honored Sharper with a display on their "Wall of Fame".
    In 2016, he became eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, leading to a debate as to whether his criminal convictions disqualify him.
    More Details Hide Details Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, who is on the Hall of Fame voting committee, has said that Sharper must be considered because voters are prohibited from taking off-field issues into account.
    On July 11, 2016, in exchange for a 10-year sentence, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances without victim's knowledge and with the intent to commit a sexual battery.
    More Details Hide Details On July 15, 2016, Licciardi pleaded guilty, before the same judge, to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances with the intent to commit crimes of violence, including rape. He agreed to a 17-year prison sentence. On April 13, 2015, Sharper was removed from the William & Mary Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • 2015
    Age 39
    On March 24, 2015, Sharper pleaded guilty, in federal court, to conspiracy to distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape.
    More Details Hide Details He accepted a nine-year sentence in a plea deal for all charges against him, in addition to the year he had served already. However, on February 18, 2016, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo rejected the deal saying, "This court cannot accept this plea agreement", and noted that a federal pre-sentence report called for a range of 15–20 years. On March 22, 2016, judge Triche-Milazzo approved a new deal under which the proposed length of imprisonment fits the above range.
    On March 20, 2015, Sharper was charged with two sexual assaults in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details The purported crimes took place in January 2014 and involved two women. Nevada state legislation provides that a person subjecting another person to sexual penetration against that person's will, or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of the perpetrator's conduct, is guilty of sexual assault. The notion of sexual penetration includes sexual intercourse in its ordinary meaning. Later on March 20, Sharper's lawyer said that Sharper had reached a plea agreement to resolve all of the charges against him. He appeared in court in Los Angeles on March 23 to enter guilty pleas to sexual assault in Arizona, by video-conferencing, and no contest in California to raping two women he knocked out with a potent sedative mixed with alcohol. The Arizona judge sentenced him immediately to nine years in prison, with no chance for early release.
  • 2014
    Age 38
    On March 12, 2014, Sharper was charged with sexual assault in Arizona.
    More Details Hide Details Under Arizona state law, a person commits sexual assault by knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. No consent was given if the victim was incapable of consenting by reason of drugs, alcohol, sleep, or a similar impairment, and such impairment was known or should have been known to the defendant.
    On December 12, 2014, an Orleans Parish grand jury indicted Sharper on two counts of aggravated rape, stating that, if convicted, he will face a mandatory life sentence.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, a federal grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana returned an indictment for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (1 count) and distribution of a controlled substance (2 counts).
    Also on February 27, 2014, Sharper surrendered to the police in Los Angeles after an arrest warrant was issued by the authorities in Louisiana.
    More Details Hide Details He had been held without bail since.
    Officials in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, filed two charges of aggravated rape against Sharper and another two counts against Erik Nunez, 26, on February 27, 2014, related to the alleged September 2013 incident in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Investigators said a second woman came forward with a complaint following an initial report shortly after the alleged rape. Louisiana law states that a person convicted of aggravated rape shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor, without the possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
    On February 14, 2014, Sharper was officially charged with two counts of rape, by use of drugs, and five related felony counts.
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    On January 17, 2014, Sharper was arrested in Los Angeles on two separate counts of sexual assault. The alleged incidents were said to have happened in October 2013 and January 2014.
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    Criminal charges against Sharper began being filed in 2014 in Arizona, California, and Louisiana, alleging he is a serial rapist.
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    On January 15, 2014, Sharper met two women and a man in Las Vegas, drugged all three, and sexually assaulted both women.
    More Details Hide Details Between January 14 and January 15, he purportedly victimized four women within twenty four hours, in two different states.
    On January 14, 2014, Sharper met two women in Los Angeles, took them to his hotel room, drugged them, and raped one of them.
    More Details Hide Details The victims underwent a medical exam and reported the incident to the police.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    Conditions of his bail required him not to frequent any drinking establishment, as well as not to be alone with any women he had no relationship with prior to October 13, 2013, the date of his first alleged rape. Sharper faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all counts. According to USA Today, the New Orleans Police Department indicated that it also was investigating a sexual assault allegation which was filed September 24, 2013, against Sharper.
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    On November 20, 2013, Sharper met three female students in Arizona, drugged them, then sexually assaulted two of them.
    More Details Hide Details The victims underwent a medical exam and reported the incident to the police.
    On October 30, 2013, Sharper took two women to his hotel room in Los Angeles, drugged them and raped one of the women.
    More Details Hide Details On November 7, 2013, one of the October-30th victims filed a report with the LAPD.
    On September 23, 2013, Sharper and Licciardi drugged two women in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Sharper and his friend, Erik Nunez, raped the women. One of the victims came forward with a police report.
    On August 31, 2013, Sharper allegedly raped a woman in New Orleans.
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    On February 2, 2013, a woman was raped by Sharper's friend Brandon Licciardi after Sharper allegedly helped to drug the victim.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    On March 18, 2011, two women complained to the Miami Beach Police Department about being raped at Sharper's condo.
    More Details Hide Details On March 23, 2011, Miami Beach Police Department closed the investigation and subsequently destroyed the rape kits.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    On September 3, Sharper was placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, causing him to miss the first six weeks of the 2010 NFL season.
    More Details Hide Details He was activated on October 24, but he later missed another two games after a further injury. He was selected as a second team All Pro, despite having missed much of the season. After workouts with the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, and Green Bay Packers without a contract offer, Sharper reportedly announced his retirement after a 14-year career. He finished with 63 career regular season interceptions, placing him sixth all time. He took 11 of them back for touchdowns, which ranks him third only to Charles Woodson and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, with 12. Sharper's 13 career defensive touchdowns (11 interception returns, 2 fumble returns) is tied for 1st in NFL history with Rod Woodson and Charles Woodson. Sharper is the only player to ever lead the NFL in interception return yards in 3 different seasons (2002, 2005, 2009).
    However, on May 3, Sharper re-signed with the Saints for the 2010 season.
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    Sharper had micro-fracture arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during the off-season. On March 5, 2010, Sharper became an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to sign with another team.
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    On February 7, 2010, Sharper earned his first Super Bowl ring as the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV by a score of 31–17.
    More Details Hide Details Characteristic of the play of the New Orleans defense all season, the game was decided when cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted a Peyton Manning pass late in the 4th quarter and returned it 74 yards for the winning touchdown.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    For his performance in 2009, Sharper was selected for his fifth Pro Bowl and as a first team All-Pro.
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    On October 4, 2009, Sharper returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown, the longest in Saints history.
    More Details Hide Details It was also his second 95+ yard interception return for a touchdown for the season. On October 25, Sharper returned his third interception for a touchdown on the season, a team record. At the end of Week 8, on Monday Night Football, Sharper intercepted a pass from Atlanta's Matt Ryan to help keep the Saints' perfect record. It was his seventh interception of the season. On November 30, once again on Monday Night Football, Sharper intercepted a desperation pass from New England's Tom Brady and returned it 35 yards, which left him 4 yards short of the NFL record for interception return yards in a season, set by Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens in 2004. Sharper then broke that record in a December 27 game against Tampa Bay, intercepting Josh Freeman's pass and returning it 21 yards. This gave him 9 interceptions on the year and 376 return yards (including 3 interceptions returned for touchdowns). It was the 63rd interception of Sharper's NFL career, tying him for sixth on the all-time list. His 376 interception return yards broke the NFL single season record of 358 previously held by Ed Reed. Sharper also shares an NFL record with Deion Sanders for most games with 50+ interception return yards (9) and owns the NFL record for most games with 75+ interception return yards (6).
  • 2008
    Age 32
    An unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season, Sharper signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on March 18, 2009.
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    In 2008, Sharper recorded 69 tackles and one interception.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his four-year career in Minnesota with 18 interceptions, 250 tackles, 359 interception yards, three touchdowns, and a sack.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    On September 16, 2007, Sharper became the 22nd player in NFL history to intercept 50 passes.
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    Sharper made the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in 2007, after totaling 63 tackles and four interceptions.
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    On November 11, 2006 in a game against the Miami Dolphins, Sharper bumped a member of the officiating crew, but he was not immediately penalized, later the following week the NFL fined him $15,000 for the infraction.
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    During his second season with the Vikings in 2006 he made 67 tackles and four interceptions.
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  • 2005
    Age 29
    Sharper signed with the Minnesota Vikings on March 12, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Sharper made an immediate impact for the Vikings intercepting nine passes for a league high 276 interception yards and two defensive touchdowns, in only 14 games. His great play earned him a trip to his third Pro Bowl.
    On March 10, 2005, the Packers released Sharper.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his eight-year career in Green Bay, fifth in Packer history with 36 career interceptions, 616 tackles, six sacks, 677 interception yards, and five touchdowns.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    During his last season with the Packers in 2004 he totaled 70 tackles and four interceptions and led the league in defensive touchdowns with three.
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  • 2003
    Age 27
    In 2003 he finished with 82 tackles and five interceptions.
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  • 2002
    Age 26
    In 2002 Sharper made his second Pro Bowl after intercepting seven passes for a league high 233 interception yards in only 13 games.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    Sharper had another great season in 2001 finishing with 94 tackles and six interceptions.
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  • 2000
    Age 24
    Sharper's breakout season was in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 92 tackles and a league leading nine interceptions, and made his first career Pro Bowl.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    In 1999 he started all 16 games for the second consecutive season finishing with a career high 113 tackles and three interceptions.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    The Green Bay Packers selected Sharper in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details The first of which was a 50-yard return in week 10 to help the Packers to a 20–10 victory over the Detroit Lions. His play helped Green Bay reach Super Bowl XXXII which they lost to the Denver Broncos by a score of 31–24. During his second season he started all 16 games for the Packers, finishing with 73 tackles.
  • 1993
    Age 17
    Sharper graduated from Hermitage in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Sharper attended the College of William and Mary, where he played for the William & Mary Tribe football team. In high school, Sharper primarily played quarterback, and he wanted to be a quarterback at William & Mary as well, until his college coach, Jimmye Laycock, told Sharper that he had the potential to succeed in the NFL as a defensive back. During his college career, he earned All-America honors twice and was named first-team All-Yankee Conference selection three times. As a senior he was the Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year after intercepting 10 passes. He finished his college career with a school record 24 career interceptions and a I-AA record 468 career interception return yards. He also set the school record with 1,037 career punt return yards. Sharper's college awards and honors include:
  • 1975
    Born on November 3, 1975.
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