Darren Sproles
New Orleans SaintsNo. 43
Running back
Return specialist
Date of Birth: June 20 1983 (1983-06-20) (age 36)
Place of Birth: Waterloo, Iowa
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
National Football League debut
2005 for the San Diego Chargers
Career Highlights and Awards
  • No notable achievements
Career History
College: Kansas State
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Career stats to date
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Darren Lee Sproles (born June 20, 1983 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American football running back and return specialist for the San Diego Chargers.

Early yearsEdit

Darren Sproles attended Rolling Ridge Elementary, then Oregon Trail Junior High, followed by Olathe North High School all in Olathe, Kansas and was a star in football. In football, for two consecutive years, he was an All-Sunflower League honoree, All-Metro honoree, and an All-State selection, and he was twice named The Kansas City Star Player of the Year, and as a senior, he was the Kansas Hall of Fame Player of the Year and the USA Today Kansas Player of the year.

College careerEdit

Darren Sproles earned the nickname "Little Tank" playing college football at Kansas State University from 2001 to 2004, starting all games in his last two seasons and setting 23 school football records.[1] He finished 11th on the all-time college rushing yards list, with the 6th most all-purpose yards in NCAA history. He led all Division I-A teams in rushing yards in 2003 with 1,986. He also led Kansas State University to its first Big 12 Conference championship in 2003.

NFL careerEdit

2005 NFL DraftEdit

Sproles was drafted by the Chargers 130th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
187 lb (85 kg)* 4.47s* 4.15s* 6.94s* Template:Convert/in* 23*[2] X
(* represents NFL Combine)

San Diego ChargersEdit

In the 2006-2007 preseason, Sproles contributed to the Chargers with many breakaway plays. His season was cut short after fracturing his fibula while returning a kickoff during the preseason win against the Green Bay Packers. He was put on injured reserve and missed the whole season.

After his season-ending injury, Sproles entered the 2007-2008 Chargers training camp once again. With new a coaching staff, Sproles had to prove that he could still play at the level of his college game, and show the Chargers why they picked him in the 2005 NFL draft. During his preseason game against the St. Louis Rams he returned a punt for a touchdown.

Sproles suffered a mild concussion during Week 1 of the 2007-2008 season during a kick return while playing against the Chicago Bears (SD 14, CH 3). He is expected to play in Week 2 vs. the New England Patriots.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

During the 2011 offseason the New Orleans Saints signed Sproles to a 4-year deal.


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