Darren Sproles
Player of American football
Darren Sproles
Darren Lee Sproles is an American football running back of the NFL who plays for the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State. Sproles was named as kick returner for the San Diego Chargers' '50 Greatest Chargers' team.
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Texans’ J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins earn PFWA accolades
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have been honored again. Watt was voted to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL Team for the fourth consecutive year, the league’s longest current streak. Watt and Hopkins, who helped lead the Texans to a 9-7 record and AFC South title, were voted to the PFWA All-AFC Team. In his fifth season, Watt led the NFL with 17 ½ sacks, 29 tackles for loss and 50 hits on the quarterback. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition before undergoing surgery on his groin that will keep him from making the trip to Hawaii. Watt is a leading candidate to be voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the third time. He could join Lawrence Taylor as the only three-time winners in history. Watt was one of nine players to repeat on the All-NFL Team. In his third season, Hopkins had 111 catches for 1,521 yards and a team-record 11 touchdowns receiving. Hopkins was voted to the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro second team. The ...
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LeSean McCoy Can’t Explain Why Chip Kelly Cut ‘The Good Black Players’
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Since being traded to the Buffalo Bills, former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has been very vocal against his former coach Chip Kelly. During an interview with ESPN, McCoy mentioned that he has “always respected him as a coach,” despite the fact that their relationship was not the best. But after mentioning his respect for his former coach, LeSean McCoy then turned and went after him for the cuts and trades that have occurred in the offseason. “You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason…. It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.” LeSean McCoy said he’s not the only person to mention it, noting that ESPN‘s Stephen A. Smith has also discussed the questionable moves made by Kelly. But McCoy also noted that he has moved on from the issue since he is now with Rex Ryan and the B ...
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Russell Wilson Highlights: Seahawks QB Outplays Drew Brees In NFC Showdown (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson was so impressed with the way Seattle prepared for its showdown against New Orleans that he made a point of texting coach Pete Carroll about it. That's just how Wilson is wired and partly why the Seahawks were the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot with their 34-7 manhandling of the Saints on Monday night. "That preparation was big," Wilson said. "I really think it showed up tonight." Seattle is the first team bound for the postseason. They need to go 2-2 in their final four games to wrap up home-field advantage and make the NFC playoffs go through Seattle. Wilson finished with 310 yards passing and attempted only three passes in the fourth quarter for 13 yards. His first three quarters were so good he could have become a spectator in the fourth. He threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead. Wilson added a pinball 8-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the ...
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NFL-National Football League highlights
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Adds later games) Nov 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Saints 23, 49ers 20 Quarterback Drew Brees led a furious fourth-quarter comeback and Garrett Hartley kicked a 31-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired to lift the New Orleans Saints to a 23-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome. The Saints defense forced San Francisco to punt after the 49ers took over at their own 20 with 2:06 left. Brees got the ball at the Saints' 40 after Darren Sproles was tackled by Kassim Osgood following a fair catch of the punt, resulting in a 15-yard penalty against the 49ers.
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Drew Brees Highlights: Saints Put Up Record-Setting Numbers Against Cowboys (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
NEW ORLEANS -- NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees completed 34 of 41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 49-17 on Sunday night. The Saints (7-2) has an NFL-record 40 first downs and a franchise-record 625 total yards. Brees connected with Kenny Stills on a 52-yard touchdown pass, with Marques Colston on a 22-yard scoring strike, with running back Pierre Thomas for a 1-yard score and with running back Darren Sproles for a 28-yard score with 5 seconds left in the first half. Sproles also had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Mark Ingram added a 4-yard scoring run en route to a career-high 145 yards rushing. DeMarco Murray had 89 yards rushing on 16 carries and a touchdown for Dallas (5-5) early in the second quarter. The Cowboys did not score again until Tony Romo's 21-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in the last minute of the third quarter.
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Saints’ High-Octane Offense Sputters
NYTimes - over 3 years
The early loss of the sparkplug running back Darren Sproles took away a key component to its success.     
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Saints' Sproles, Jets' Kerley leave with injuries
Yahoo News - over 3 years
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles left Sunday's game against the New York Jets with a concussion.
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Jerod Mayo Injury: Patriots Lose Star Linebacker For Rest Of The Season
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England linebacker Jerod Mayo will miss the rest of the season. The Patriots placed him on injured reserve Wednesday. The two-time Pro Bowl player was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints. After tackling Darren Sproles, Mayo got up and reached for the upper right area of his chest. Mayo's agent, Mitch Frankel, did not respond to a request for comment on a report that Mayo had undergone surgery for a torn chest muscle. The Patriots have also announced that they re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett and signed cornerback Travis Howard to the practice squad. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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Drew Brees, Sean Payton And Saints Offense Are Elite Of Elite
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
During an NFL era of inflated offensive statistics and elite quarterbacking play, Drew Brees is on a level so dominant and special that it can almost be baffling to watch. The New Orleans Saints are not unlike most of the league in that they give a vast amount of responsibility to the quarterback. What Brees does from there though is beyond words. Monday night, against Miami -- another undefeated team and stout defense -- Brees showed off his intelligence as well as his arm. In the first half, with the Dolphins consistently double- and even triple-teaming All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham, Brees found Darren Sproles for 114 yards and a back-breaking touchdown before intermission. In the second half, he threw a gorgeous slant-and-go (sluggo) pattern to Graham for 38 yards and a score, Graham's second of the game. These are the decisions and the throws that Brees makes time and time again. His understanding and total grasp of what the defense is trying to do to him is off the charts. Whe ...
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2013 Fantasy Football Season: Week 3: Who Are Some Solid Sleeper Running Backs To Pick Up Mid Season?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Han Hu, Sports/Movies/TV. It depends on your league sizes. I play in too many leagues for my own good, but this is really dependent on how big your leagues are and how many you start. Here are some people I like: Premium Handcuffs These players would be instant great running backs on your team should the incumbent starter goes down. They're my favorite players to stash because they have the highest upside. All except for Helu actually has flex value in deep leagues on a week to week basis Ben Tate (everyone's favorite handcuff) Bryce Brown (Have you seen the Eagles play?) Bernard Pierce (Rice already hurt) Joique Bell (Bush already hurt) Roy Helu Situations to Monitor These are right now crowded back fields but someone could emerge in the next few weeks Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas: Lamar was drafted way higher but still splitting carries. If Thomas gets injured, Lamar would become a workhorse back Bilal Powell/Chris I ...
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NFL-National Football League roundup
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Sept 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has been fined $100,000 but was cleared to play this Sunday against New England after his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's loss to the Saints was overturned. Goldson was flagged for the hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles, his third penalty in two regular-season games for unnecessary roughness or helmet-to-helmet contact. Goldson leads the NFL in personal fouls since 2010. - - Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski informed quarterback Brian Hoyer he will start Sunday's game at Minnesota. ...
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Texans’ secondary unfazed by Saints’ success
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Stats Five-time All-Pro Ed Reed wasn’t in uniform. The Texans didn’t fully game-plan for quarterback Drew Brees’ quick release and the New Orleans Saints’ high-volume passing attack. Game 3 of the preseason can’t touch Week 1 of the regular season. But the Texans’ defensive backs know they must tighten and sharpen up for Sept. 9 at San Diego. While everyone from Andre Johnson and Ben Tate to Randy Bullock and Jared Crick impressed Sunday during a 31-23 loss to the Saints at Reliant Stadium, the Texans’ secondary was regularly threaded and at times burned as three New Orleans QBs combined for 22-of-33 passing for 308 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 136.1 passer rating. Brees’ was efficient as usual: 4-for-6, one touchdown— via a 51-yard catch-and-run by Pierre Thomas — and a 149.3 rating in three series. Luke McCown was near-perfect, completing 10 of 14 passes for 118 yards, two TDs and a 136.3 rating. And the Texans’ secondary was clearly exposed, courtesy of sc ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Darren Sproles
  • 2016
    Age 32
    On July 29, 2016, Sproles signed a $4.5 million one-year extension keeping him in Philadelphia until 2017.
    More Details Hide Details Sproles' father Larry played running back at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Larry was tall. His mother Annette died of cancer in April 2004. Sproles maintains his offseason home near San Diego in Poway, CA.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    In 2014, Sproles played in 15 regular season games, running for 329 yards and 6 TDs on 57 carries, making 40 catches for 387 yards, 1 kickoff return for 15 yards, and 39 punt returns for 506 yards and 2 TDs, good for second place on the Eagle's all time single-season PR yards, and the most in the NFL in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details For his efforts, he was elected to his first career Pro Bowl, where he was drafted as a return specialist but contributed on offense, recording 3 carries for 42 yards and 6 catches for 79 yards. He was also named second team All-Pro as a return specialist, his first time on an All-Pro team. Starting the 2015 season, there was much hype surrounding the Eagles signing NFL Rushing Champ DeMarco Murray and San Diego starter Ryan Mathews, leading to speculation that Sproles would get less playing time. In the season opener against the Falcons, Sproles rushed for 50 yards on five attempts and caught seven passes for 76 yards, as well as returning 3 punts for 25 yards. Meanwhile, Murray and Mathews rushed for a combined 11 carries and 13 yards, although they each scored a touchdown rushing while Sproles did not.
    On March 13, 2014, Sproles was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2014 5th-round draft pick.
    More Details Hide Details Drew Brees was quoted after the trade saying "that you only see a Darren Sproles type of player come around once in your career." In his first regular season game with the Eagles, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he carried the ball 11 times for a total of 71 yards and had 1 rushing touchdown (49 yards, which was the longest run of his career). He won offensive player of the week in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts, rushing for 26 yards and a touchdown on 4 carries and catching 7 receptions for 152 yards, 2 of which were over 50 yards.
  • 2013
    Age 29
    In 2013, Sproles played in 15 regular season games, running for 220 yards and 2 TDs on 53 carries, making 71 catches for 604 yards and 2 TDs, 12 kickoff returns for 225 yards, and 29 punt returns for 194 yards.
    More Details Hide Details He played in both of the Saints' playoff games, with 7 runs for 31 yards and 9 catches for 63 yards.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    On November 2, 2012, Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt announced that Sproles would be out indefinitely due to a fractured hand.
    More Details Hide Details Sproles returned in Week 12 and played in the Saints' remaining games, finishing the season with 48 rushes for 244 yards and 1 TD, 75 catches for 667 yards and 7 TDs, 18 kickoff returns for 483 yards, and 23 punt returns for 183 yards.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    Maintaining an average of 168.5 all purpose yards per game Sproles finished the 2011 season with 2,696 all-purpose yards, breaking the NFL single-season record, previously set in 2000 by Derrick Mason (2,690 yards).
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    On December 26, 2011, during a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sproles had 236 all-purpose yards.
    More Details Hide Details On special teams, he had 4 kick-off returns for 147 yards, including a 92-yard return in which he almost returned the football to the house, and on offense, he had just 89 yards of total offense, with 5 carries for 67 yards, 2 receptions for 22 yards but with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. This last-play touchdown pass in the 4th quarter helped Drew Brees break the single season record for passing yards (5,084), held by Dan Marino since 1984/ That pass gave Brees 5,087 yards for the 2011 regular season with one game remaining. On January 1, in the last regular season game, a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers, Sproles had 168 all-purpose yards, in which he had 5 returns for 99 yards (2 kick-off returns for 45 yards and 3 punt returns for 54 yards) on special teams, and broke the NFL record for all-purpose yards in a season (2,696). Sproles played in both of the Saints' playoff games, scoring 3 touchdowns, including a 44-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter of a celebrated back-and-forth contest against the San Francisco 49ers that the Saints ultimately lost 36-32.
    On July 29, 2011, Sproles signed a four-year contract worth $14 million with the New Orleans Saints.
    More Details Hide Details The contract included $6 million in guaranteed money. On September 8, during a game against the Green Bay Packers, Sproles returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter, and returned a second punt for just 20 yards; he also had 2 kick-off returns for 83 yards, including a 57-yard return. That gave Sproles 175 yards of returning on special teams, and on offense, he had 7 receptions for 75 yards, along with just 2 carries for 7 yards, and that gave him 257 all-purpose yards. On September 25, during a game against the Houston Texans, Sproles had 193 all-purpose yards (108 special teams yards and 85 offensive yards), with 6 receptions for 50 yards, 2 carries for 35 yards, including a 30-yard TD run, and on special teams, had only 1 punt return for 5 yards, but also had 4 kick-off returns for 103 yards.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    On March 4, 2010 it was reported that the Chargers will tender Sproles a contract, which was worth approximately $7.3 million.
    More Details Hide Details Another team would have had to give the Chargers first- and third-round draft picks if they signed Sproles.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    He signed the tender on April 28, 2009, which was worth $6.621 million.
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    On February 18, 2009, the Chargers placed their franchise tag on Sproles.
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    On January 3, 2009, during an AFC Wild card game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sproles ran for two touchdowns in place of the injured LaDainian Tomlinson, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime to beat the Colts 23-17.
    More Details Hide Details With 105 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving and 178 return yards, Sproles finished the game with 328 all-purpose yards in the Chargers victory over the Colts, the third most all-purpose yards by a player in a single NFL post-season game in NFL history. He was named the NBC Sunday Night Football "Horse Trailer Player of the Game" for the second consecutive week. The week following however, Sproles was stopped by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He managed only 15 yards on 11 carries, but did have 5 receptions for 91 yards including a 62-yard touchdown.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    On September 14, 2008, Sproles became just the second player in NFL history with 50 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, and 100 return yards in one game (the other being Gale Sayers with the Chicago Bears).
    More Details Hide Details His stats for the game included: 53 rushing yards, 72 receiving yards, and 192 return yards. Sproles logged 317 all-purpose yards in a 39-38 loss to the Denver Broncos. He also had a 103-yard touchdown return.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    On December 16, 2007, Sproles ran one yard for his first career rushing touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by an 11-yard run for his second rushing touchdown, capping off his first 100+ yard rushing game.
    On November 11, 2007, in the Chargers' 23-21 upset over the Indianapolis Colts, Sproles made history by returning a kickoff and a punt for his first two NFL touchdowns—the first player in league history ever to do so.
    More Details Hide Details He returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for the game's first score. After Nate Kaeding's field goal increased the Chargers' lead to 10-0, Sproles returned a Hunter Smith punt 46 yards for another touchdown for a 16-0 lead. Sproles became the first NFL player to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same game since Dante Hall did so in 2003.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    He then spent the entire 2006 season on injured reserve list after breaking his ankle during the preseason.
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  • 2005
    Age 21
    He spent the 2005 season as the third string running back, behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Turner, returning kicks and punts.
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    Sproles was drafted by the Chargers 130th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
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  • 2003
    Age 19
    He also led Kansas State University to its first Big 12 Conference championship in 2003, a win over # 1 ranked Oklahoma, 35–7.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting. He graduated with a degree in speech pathology.
    He led all FBS teams in rushing yards in 2003 with 1,986.
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  • 2001
    Age 17
    Sproles played college football at Kansas State University from 2001 to 2004, starting all games in his last two seasons and setting 23 school records.
    More Details Hide Details He finished 11th on the all-time college rushing yards list, with the 6th most all-purpose yards in NCAA history.
  • 2000
    Age 16
    In his senior year of 2000, Sproles rushed for 2,485 yards, scoring 49 touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details He led his Olathe North Eagles to a 12–0 record and their fourth Kansas 6A state title in five years. Sproles was also a track star at Olathe (KS) North. He finished 2nd in the state in the 200 meters as a junior, with a time of 21.6 seconds. He also placed 4th at Class 6A States in 100 meters, with a time of 10.93 seconds, and 3rd in the 200 meters, with a time of 22.04 seconds. His personal bests are 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.6 seconds in the 200 meters.
  • 1999
    Age 15
    In 1999, he rushed for 2,031 yards in nine games as a junior.
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  • 1983
    Born on June 20, 1983.
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