Former NFL player Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking on Wednesday.
Hurd, a former wide receiver for the Bears and Cowboys, faced life in prison. He had pleaded guilty to a single drug trafficking charge in April.
Hurd was arrested on Dec. 14, 2011 and indicted on Jan. 4, 2012. He was originally expected to face five to 20 years in prison, but in July, the life sentence recommendation was made. On Tuesday, the MMQB published an investigation into Hurd's case that raised questions about the prosecution's portrayal of Hurd as a drug kingpin.