Darren Sproles: a Wildcat Legend

Kelly Thompson

In mid-July, Darren Sproles agreed to a one year deal to return to the Philadelphia Eagles for what will be his 15th season in the NFL. As this season has progressed, Sproles has spent more time injured than he has on the field, and all signs point to this being the end of his illustrious career. 

Earlier this year, he did make one last splash as he moved to #5 all time on the career yardage list:

A native of Olathe, Kansas, Sproles stands out as one of the greatest football players ever from the state of Kansas. While attending Olathe North High School, Sproles rushed for 5230 yards, 84 touchdowns and averaged an unbelievable 8.4 yards per carry. He was a two time all-state selection, a two time state-wide Player of the Year, and a high school All-American. In addition to his football accolades, Sproles achieved multiple state finalist placings in track, running the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

Sproles committed to Kansas State after receiving limited interest from other schools. After only getting 28 carries his freshman year, Sproles took off as a junior. He ended his college career with nearly 5000 yards rushing, a 6.1 YPC average, and 45 touchdowns. 

Sproles was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 draft, and undoubtedly fell because teams feared he was too small for the NFL game. 15 years later, its clear they were wrong.

Sproles established himself as one of the premier pass catching running backs in football, and has amassed over 8000 yards from scrimmage in his career, with nearly 5000 of those coming in the air. Sproles is a three time Pro Bowl selection, and has made a strong case to be the first Wildcat ever in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.