Darren Sproles | Philadelphia Eagles | Running Back
Height: 5’6″ | Weight: 190
Date of Birth: 6/20/1983 (34)
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
College: Kansas State
Draft: 2005, Round 4, Pick 130
Contract: 2 years, $8 million, through 2017
Darren Sproles is not a workhorse back, he’s not going to run for 15 touchdowns in a season, and he certainly won’t force defenses to stack seven in the box to try and shut him down. That said, Darren Sproles isn’t your run of the mill NFL running back. He’s something more.
An electrifying player for more than a decade, Sproles is one of the best return men in NFL history and as one of the NFL’s top multipurpose backs. Always a threat to make the big play, Sproles has exploded for a 40+ yard play 74 times in his career. His 9 return touchdowns and 11,132 return yards are both good for seventh all-time.
Sproles’ best seasons came as a member of the New Orleans Saints from 2011-2013. In 2011, he set the NFL record for most all-purpose yards in a season with 2,696. That year, he ran for a career high 603 yards and 2 touchdowns, caught 86 passes for 710 yards, and 7 touchdowns, and had 1,383 return yards, and a punt return touchdown.
At 34, Sproles has announced 2017 will be his final year in the league. Expect the usual from Sproles this year: about 400 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, and 20+ punt returns. No doubt one of the most entertaining players to watch in recent years, Sproles will be missed in 2018.
Awards and Accolades:
3x Pro Bowl (2014 – 2016)
Honorable Mentions: George Iloka, T.J. Ward