Darren Sproles

Darren Lee Sproles (born Jun. 20, 1983 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American football running back and return specialist for the San Diego Chargers. He grew up in Olathe, Kansas. Sproles currently wears jersey #43 for the Chargers.


High school career
Darren Sproles attended Olathe North High School 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 career
Sproles played at Kansas State University from 2001 to 2004, starting all games in his last two seasons and setting 23 school football records. 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 1-A teams in rushing yards in 2003 with 1986. He also led Kansas State University to its first Big 12 Conference championship in 2003.

2005 NFL Draft
Sproles was drafted by the Chargers 130th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. According to NFL Draft Scout.com, Sproles, at 187 lbs., ran a 4.47s 40yard dash, 3.96s 20-yard shuttle, 6.96s 3-cone drill, 33" vertical jump, and lifted 23 reps of 225 lbs. at the 2005 NFL Combine.]

NFL Career
He has yet to return a kick for a touchdown, yet he has had many breakaway plays. He fractured his fibula while returning a kickoff during the Chargers' 2006-2007 preseason win against the Green Bay Packers and was put on the injured reserve.

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