Dec 4, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Patrick Trahan (59) and wide receiver Sam Hurd (81) celebrate Trahan

Ex-Cowboys, Bears WR Sam Hurd sentenced to 15 years for drug trafficking

Moments ago, we found out that ex-NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking.

This isn’t particularly surprising, but as Hurd had the pretty solid possibility of life without parole, it is an extremely good thing for him.

Hurd was a star at Northern Illinois University. In his career at NIU he snagged 143 receptions (tied for fifth in school history) for 2,323 yards (second in school history) and 21 receiving touchdowns (third in school history).

He went undrafted into the NFL, but got signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and became a decently productive special teams player, although he was never a star for Tony Romo. After five seasons with Dallas, he was signed in 2011 by the Chicago Bears as a free agent. Eventually the charges came up for this drug business and he was released in Dec. 2011.

It’s sad to see these kinds of things happen to people, but stupid is as stupid does. I can’t remember anything like this in the NFL since Michael Vick for the dog-fighting incidents.

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