Darren McFadden facing charges from January arrest
Former NFL running back Darren McFadden is facing charges from a January 2019 arrest that could result in him spending up to two years in jail and paying $8,000 in fines if he is convicted.
According to TMZ Sports, prosecutors have charged McFadden with resisting arrest and a DUI with a blood alcohol content greater than or equal to 0.15, which is nearly twice the legal limit (0.8). Both charges are Class A misdemeanors in Texas and each carries a possible punishment of one year in jail and $4,000 in fines. McFadden is due in court in October to face the charges at which point he will learn his fate.
McFadden was originally arrested in the Dallas area back in January for drunk driving according to TMZ Sports. Their report indicates that the running back was caught asleep at the wheel at a drive-thru window of a Whataburger and that McFadden resisted arrest to the degree that both his driver and passenger side windows were smashed in the incident.
He was released on bond shortly after his arrest but was booked for both DWI and resisting arrest for the incident. McFadden did not deal with any legal issues or prior arrests during his career, making this his first run-in with the law as an NFL player. However, this arrest could still bring about fairly serious consequences.
McFadden is one of the greatest collegiate running backs of all time. He was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both his sophomore and junior campaigns at Arkansas, losing the first to Troy Smith of Ohio State and the second to Tim Tebow of Florida. He ran for over 4,500 yards in three college seasons, won just about every other major award and holds several Razorbacks records.
McFadden was so prolific during his Arkansas days that he was recently unveiled as a future member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He will be inducted during a ceremony in December.
Following his college career, McFadden entered the NFL by way of the Oakland Raiders, who picked him fourth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Raiders, topping 4,000 yards rushing and scoring 25 touchdowns. He constantly displayed flashes of potential but never played in a full 16 games until the 2014 season, which was his final year in Oakland. Interestingly, he only reached 534 yards during this season while starting 12 games, but he topped 1,100 back in 2010 while appearing in only 13 games.
After seven seasons with the Raiders, McFadden headed east to join the Cowboys. He played all 16 games in 2015, only starting 10, as he alternated carries with Joseph Randle. Despite seeing less than the normal share of carries, McFadden still topped 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his career and scored three touchdowns.
Despite being ready to lead this offense in rushing once again during the 2016 season, McFadden's year started off in a rough manner. He injured his elbow during Memorial Day weekend after slipping and falling by the pool. He underwent surgery in June and was then placed on the reserved/injured list. He remained on the list for the majority of the season due to Ezekiel Elliott emerging as a star and wasn't activated for a game until December. He only appeared in three games during this 2016 season, starting two, and totaling 87 yards on 24 carries.
McFadden was granted his release from the Cowboys midway through the 2017 season after being passed on the depth chart by Alfred Morris and Rod Smith. He was a healthy scratch for nearly every single game, so he asked for his release. McFadden retired from football on November 28th, 2017 following 10 seasons as a pro.
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