- Date of Birth:
- November 3, 1975
- 6' 2"
Darren Sharper (born November 3, 1975 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American former NFL player. He played college football at college of William & Mary. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1997 NFL Draft and played on the team for eight years as a safety. He was then traded to the Minnesota Vikings on March 12, 2005, where he played for four years. Darren became a free agent after the 2008 season and signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans in 2009. He announced his retirement after a 14-year career. In 2014, criminal charges were filed against Darren, claiming he is a serial rapist. On January 17, 2014, he was arrested in LA on two separate accounts of sexual assault. On Feb. 14, 2014, he was officially charged with two counts of rape but was released on bond. He was also charged in aggravated rapes in Louisiana, Las Vegas and Arizona. In March 2015, Darren accepted a 9 year sentence plea deal, but in Feb. 2016, the federal court said they could not agree to the deal, because the crimes call for a range of 15-20 year sentences. In Aug. 2016, Darren was sentenced to 18 years in prison for accusations of raping as many as 16 women in four states.
Best Known For:
Darren is best known for his football career and his the court case in which he was accused of being a serial rapist and sentenced to 18 years in jail.
Darren was eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his criminal convictions have caused debate to disqualify him. He has been removed from his college’s hall of fame.