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Darren Sharper
FS #42
Height:
6-2
Weight:
210
College:
William & Mary
Hometown:
Richmond, Va.
Experience:
14
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 205 651 510 141 7.5 0 65 63 11 1,412 -- 99
2010 NO 8 16 11 5 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 NO 14 71 51 20 0.5 0 15 9 3 376 41.8 99
2008 MIN 16 69 60 9 0 -- 5 1 0 12 12 12
2007 MIN 16 63 49 14 0 0 8 4 1 61 15.3 41
2006 MIN 16 67 51 16 1 -- 5 4 0 10 2.5 10
2005 MIN 14 51 41 10 0 0 7 9 2 276 30.7 92
2004 GB 15 70 57 13 0 0 3 4 2 97 24.3 43
2003 GB 15 82 69 13 2 -- 8 5 0 78 15.6 50
2002 GB 13 68 51 17 0 0 2 7 1 233 33.3 89
2001 GB 16 94 70 24 2 -- 11 6 0 78 13 23
2000 GB 16 -- -- -- 1 -- 0 9 0 109 12.1 47
1999 GB 16 -- -- -- 1 -- 0 3 0 12 4 9
1998 GB 16 -- -- -- 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
1997 GB 14 -- -- -- 0 0 0 2 2 70 35 50
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 205 3 2 8 0 8 0 120 2 0 0 0
2010 NO 8 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 11 -- -- -- --
2009 NO 14 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2008 MIN 16 -- -- 0 -- 2 -- 20 -- -- -- --
2007 MIN 16 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2006 MIN 16 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 MIN 14 1 1 1 -- 1 -- 14 0 0 0 0
2004 GB 15 -- -- 2 -- 1 -- 15 1 -- -- --
2003 GB 15 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 GB 13 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2001 GB 16 1 1 1 -- 1 -- 17 -- 0 0 0
2000 GB 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999 GB 16 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 9 -- -- -- --
1998 GB 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997 GB 14 1 0 0 -- 1 -- 34 1 0 0 0
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 205 11 65 5.9 23 0 1 0 9 1
2010 NO 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 NO 14 1 6 6 6 0 0 0 1 0
2008 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 MIN 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 GB 15 1 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0
2003 GB 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 GB 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2001 GB 16 1 18 18 18 0 0 0 3 0
2000 GB 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999 GB 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998 GB 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997 GB 14 7 32 4.6 23 0 1 0 3 1
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 205 2 7 3.5 4 0 0 0 0 0
2010 NO 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 NO 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 MIN 16 0 0 -- -- 0 0 0 0 0
2006 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 MIN 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 GB 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 GB 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 GB 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001 GB 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000 GB 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999 GB 16 1 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
1998 GB 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997 GB 14 1 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0

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NFL CAREER – The addition of Sharper has strengthened the secondary by bringing a proven performer with playmaking ability, leadership skills and a wealth of experience. In his first season in New Orleans, the 14-year NFL veteran, tied for first in the league with a career-high tying nine interception for an NFL single-season record 376 yards. A career-high three of the picks were returned for touchdowns to tie for the league lead as he was voted a Pro Bowl starter.  In 2010, he rebounded from offseason knee surgery, which forced him to miss the first six games to play a significant role in the defensive backfield. Sharper – who leads all active NFL players and is tied for sixth all-time with 63 interceptions – has been voted to the Pro Bowl five times and scored 13 career defensive touchdowns. He’s posted at least four picks eight of the past ten seasons, stealing nine passes three times. Named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000-09), Sharper has played in 205 contests, tied for the tenth-most by an NFL safety, with 182 starts, and also seen action in 14 playoff games, starting 11. He spent his first eight years with Green Bay – a stretch where the Packers claimed four division titles – before joining Minnesota in 2005. Sharper has returned 11 interceptions for touchdowns, a total that is ranked third in NFL history along with his 1,412 return yards. A second-round pick by Green Bay in 1997, Sharper has posted 75 or more tackles 11 times, with a career total of 1,112.

NFL CAREER – The addition of Sharper has strengthened the secondary by bringing a proven performer with playmaking ability, leadership skills and a wealth of experience. In his first season in New Orleans, the 14-year NFL veteran, tied for first in the league with a career-high tying nine interception for an NFL single-season record 376 yards. A career-high three of the picks were returned for touchdowns to tie for the league lead as he was voted a Pro Bowl starter.  In 2010, he rebounded from offseason knee surgery, which forced him to miss the first six games to play a significant role in the defensive backfield. Sharper – who leads all active NFL players and is tied for sixth all-time with 63 interceptions – has been voted to the Pro Bowl five times and scored 13 career defensive touchdowns. He’s posted at least four picks eight of the past ten seasons, stealing nine passes three times. Named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000-09), Sharper has played in 205 contests, tied for the tenth-most by an NFL safety, with 182 starts, and also seen action in 14 playoff games, starting 11. He spent his first eight years with Green Bay – a stretch where the Packers claimed four division titles – before joining Minnesota in 2005. Sharper has returned 11 interceptions for touchdowns, a total that is ranked third in NFL history along with his 1,412 return yards. A second-round pick by Green Bay in 1997, Sharper has posted 75 or more tackles 11 times, with a career total of 1,112.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Activated from physically unable to perform list, 10/24/10; Placed on physically unable to perform list, 9/4/10; Re-signed to a one-year contract, 5/5/10; Signed by Saints (UFA-MIN) to a one-year contract, 3/24/09; Signed by Minnesota Vikings to a four-year contract, 3/12/05; Released by Green Bay Packers, 3/10/05; Re-signed by Green Bay to a six-year contract, 2/22/01; Signed by Green Bay to a four-year contract, 7/12/97; Drafted by Green Bay in second round (60th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft.

HONORS – 2010: Associated Press All-Pro (second team); The Sporting News NFL’s top 100 players (No. 35); USA Football All-Fundamentals Team. 2009: Pro Bowl (Starter), Associated Press All-Pro, NFC Defensive Player of the Month (October), NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 4), Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFL, The Sporting News All-Pro, NFL All-Decade team. 2007: Pro Bowl (Starter). 2005: Pro Bowl (Starter), Associated Press All-Pro (second-team), NFC Defensive Player of the Month (November), NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12). 2002: Pro Bowl (Starter); Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFL; Sporting News All-Pro; Associated Press All-Pro (second-team), Football Digest All-Pro (second-team); Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFC. 2001: Sports Illustrated All-Pro; Football Digest All-Pro (second-team). 2000: Pro Bowl (Starter); Associated Press All-Pro; Sporting News All-Pro, Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFL; USA Today All-Pro; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFC; Football Digest All-NFC.

2010 – After missing the first six games recovering from offseason knee surgery, appeared in eight contests with one start and finished with 27 tackles (14 solo), two pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Named an Associated Press second-team All-Pro…Returned to action vs. Cleveland, Oct. 24 and posted two solo tackles…Played in defensive back rotation vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31 and made four assisted tackles and recovered a fourth quarter fumble by Steelers TE Heath Miller to help ice the win…Playing in his 200th career game with his first start of 2010 at FS in place of an injured Malcolm Jenkins at Carolina, Nov. 7, finished with five tackles (three solo) and forced a first quarter fumble on a big hit on Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart that was recovered by the Saints, who scored a TD on the next drive…Inactive for next two games with hamstring injury suffered at Panthers…Returned at Cincinnati, Dec. 5 and posted five tackles (two solo)…Registered five tackles (three solo) vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/11…Started NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/8/11 in place of an injured Jenkins and registered eight tackles (four solo).  2009 – Tied for NFL lead in both interceptions (9) and picks returned for a touchdown (3), tying a career-high in the former category and setting a new high and club record in the latter as he earned a Pro Bowl starting spot for the fifth time and was an All-Pro selection, anchoring the secondary…376 interception return yards set an NFL single-season record....Added 93 tackles (55 solo), 0.5 sack and seven pass defenses…Posted two interceptions in three contests…Started the 14 games he appeared in, missing two with a knee injury…Opened all three postseason contests and finished second on club with 24 tackles (13 solo), a pass defense and a fumble recovery…Part of his sixth division title team since entering NFL…In Saints debut vs. Detroit, Sept. 13, had two interceptions, the first time a Saints S recorded two picks since 2003…Fourth quarter 97-yard INT return of a Kevin Kolb pass for a TD at Philadelphia, Sept. 20, was a then career-long and tied for longest return in club history…Enjoyed record-setting day vs. NY Jets, Oct. 4, leading team with nine tackles (six solo) and intercepting QB Mark Sanchez twice, first returning a pick a career-long and club-record 99 yards for a TD. Joined Deion Sanders (1994) as the only other NFL player to have two interception returns of at least 90 yards in the same season. Also split a sack with DE Will Smith and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week…Returned Chad Henne INT 42 yards for a TD at Miami, Oct. 25, his 11th career score, setting a team single-season mark for most picks for scores and moving into second place on the NFL all-time interception TD return and return yardage lists…Killed Atlanta’s flickering comeback hopes in fourth quarter, Nov. 2, with pick of Matt Ryan at the Saints five with three seconds left…posted season-high ten tackles (seven solo) with two passes defensed vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Snared a Tom Brady pass and returned it 38 yards vs. New England, Nov. 30…Tied season-high with a team-leading ten tackles, including a season-best eight solo stops at Washington, Dec. 6…With his first quarter 21-yard INT return vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 27, set single season NFL record for interception return yardage with 376. The pick was the 63rd of his career, tying him for sixth on the NFL all-time list with Ronnie Lott…In NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Arizona, picked a first quarter fumble that helped set up the TD to give New Orleans their first lead…In NFC Championship vs. Minnesota, Put on a hard-hitting performance against his former club as he tied for the team lead with a postseason career-high 12 stops (eight solo)…Led Saints with 11 tackles (five solo) in Super Bowl XLIV.  2008 – Started all 16 regular season games and one postseason contest…Ranked sixth on team with 78 tackles, added five pass defenses, a forced fumble and career-high two fumble recoveries…Sealed victory vs. Houston by pouncing on onside kick, Nov. 2…Nov. 30 vs. Chicago had his 54th career INT, with 12-yard return. 2007 – Earned a Pro Bowl starting spot…Moved into fifth in NFL history with eighth interception return for a touchdown, and also passed the 1,000-yard mark for interception return yards in his career…Tied for Vikings lead with four interceptions, and added 80 tackles and 12 deflected passes…Had two interceptions at Detroit, Sept. 16…Returned an Eli Manning INT 20 yards for a TD at NY Giants, Nov. 25, in a day where the Vikings returned three picks for touchdowns. 2006 – Started all 16 games for the first time since 2001…Tied for team lead with four interceptions – including one in each meeting against the Lions…Ranked fourth on team with 93 tackles (59 solo), his most since 2001…Helped Vikings climb to eighth in total defense, and first vs. the run…Posted sack vs. San Francisco, Nov. 5. 2005 – Led NFC and ranked third in NFL with nine interceptions...Scored two TDs on interception returns...Started all 14 games he appeared in, missing two with a knee injury…Earned Pro Bowl starting spot...Named second-team All-Pro by Associated Press and first-team Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL...Earned first career NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor for performance at NY Giants, Nov. 13, and named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, his first time winning the monthly honor...Led NFL and set a Vikings record with 276 interception return yards, then the seventh-highest total in league history...Opened 2005 with an 88-yard TD return vs. Tampa Bay, the Vikings first points of the season, Sept. 11…Posted first career three-interception day – all of QB Eli Manning – including a career-long 92-yard return for a TD, at NY Giants, Nov. 13. Ended game with 123 return yards. 2004 – In final season with Green Bay, battled through a lingering knee injury, but still started 13 of the 15 games...Inactive for only game at Washington, Oct. 31, with a knee injury he suffered the week before vs. Dallas…Saw time in passing situations in the two games he did not start…Scored three defensive touchdowns, two off interceptions and one on a fumble recovery. TD total tied Packers single-season record, equaling his own mark from 1997 and Herb Adderley in 1965…With four, led Packers in interceptions for fifth-straight season…Ranked fourth on the club with 77 tackles…Ended QB Kurt Warner’s streak of 127-straight passes without an interception vs. NY Giants, Oct. 3…Oct. 17 at Detroit, snared an interception and weaved 36 yards for a TD…Scored second TD of season by knocking ball out of the hands of Jaguars OL Vince Manuwai, who believed the play was dead, alertly picking up the ball and running for 15 yards for a TD…Had a 43-yard INT return for a TD vs. Chicago, 1/2/05. 2003 – Started all 15 games played and both playoff games...Grabbed four of his five interceptions in the final six games...Ranked fourth on team with 91 tackles...Tied career-highs with two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles...Named a Pro Bowl alternate... Set career-high with two sacks at Chicago, Sept. 29…Posted 11 stops and two forced fumbles at St. Louis, Oct. 19…Had a 50-yard interception return vs. Chicago, Dec . 7…Posted 10 tackles and a goal line INT at San Diego, Dec. 14. 2002 – Tied for third in NFL with seven interceptions, only one behind the league leaders…Led league with 233 return yards…Selected as starting FS in Pro Bowl…Started all 13 games he played...Missed two contests with a hamstring injury and inactive with a knee injury for regular-season finale and Wild Card Playoff vs. Atlanta, 1/4/03…Led Green Bay DBs with 80 tackles (54 solo) and added 10 pass defenses...Notched 89-yard INT return for a TD vs. Miami, Nov. 4…At New Orleans, Sept. 14, had a 44-yard INT return to set up a TD on next play. 2001 – Ranked second on team with 113 tackles, matching his career-best...Set career-high with two sacks and had six interceptions...Started all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests...Had two INTs in opener vs. Detroit, Sept. 9…Posted 10 tackles and an INT vs. Baltimore, Oct. 14, with brother, Jamie, starting at LB for Ravens….Intercepted QB Kurt Warner in Divisional Playoff at St. Louis. 2000 – Led NFL with nine interceptions, the first time a Packer led the NFL since Willie Wood in 1962...Made Pro Bowl debut, starting at FS...Honored as an All-Pro by Associated Press and several other media outlets…Notched 101 tackles to rank third among Packers defenders, his second-straight 100+ tackle season...Posted first career two-interception day at Arizona, Sept. 24, and duplicated performance vs. Minnesota, Nov. 6. 1999 – Led team with 113 tackles, leading or tying for team lead in five of final six contests…Notched season-best 12 tackles at Tampa Bay, Dec. 26…Last minute INT vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 10, preserved 26-23 victory…Recorded first career sack at Dallas, Nov. 14. 1998 – Debuted as a starter in second NFL season, opening all 16 games, 13 at FS and three at LCB...Ranked fourth on team with 89 tackles...Opened season as Packers starting FS before moving to LCB as an injury replacement for final three contests…Had 89 stops (62 solo).  1997 – Regular on Packers dime defense as a rookie...Played in 14 games and in all three postseason games, including Super Bowl XXXII...Tied Packers record and set club rookie record by scoring three touchdowns, scoring on two interceptions and a fumble return, breaking a team rookie record that had stood since 1933...Scored TDs on his first two career interceptions...Raced 50 yards on first career INT vs. Detroit, Nov. 2…Scored second TD on 34-yard fumble return vs. Dallas, Nov. 23…Third TD came on 20-yard interception return vs. Buffalo, Dec. 20.

COLLEGE – Earned All-America honors twice as a FS and returner at Division I-AA William & Mary...Named All-Yankee Conference three times...Departed with a school record 24 career interceptions and a I-AA record 468 career interception return yards...Set school record with 1,037 career punt return yards...Earned Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, tying for I-AA lead with 10 picks as team advanced to I-AA national quarterfinals...Won conference title as senior in 1996, the school’s first since 1970…Inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame in Spring of 2008…Earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  

PERSONAL – Active in community programs at every stop in his NFL career and in his home state of Virginia, and has a foundation, “Sharper Kids”…Has combined with teammate Roman Harper to conduct youth football camp and help raise funds for the United Way…Brother, Jamie, played LB in the NFL for eight seasons…The brothers were the 4th and 30th picks in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Jamie going to Baltimore with the 34th overall pick and Darren to Green Bay with the 60th selection...Father, Harry, went to training camp with Kansas City in 1971...Played with current Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at William & Mary, where the pair were fraternity brothers...Worked as a TV color commentator for NFL Europa games from 2004-07 and serves as an offseason analyst for the NFL Network…Standout QB at Hermitage HS (Richmond, Va.), where his brother was a teammate…Has one daughter and one son.

 

 

 

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