Darren was born June 20, 1983 in Waterloo, Iowa. He later
moved to Kansas where he began playing football at age 8. For
two consecutive years he was an All-Sunflower nominee, All
Metro Honoree and an All-State selection. As a Senior in high school, he was
named Kansas Hall of Fame Player of the Year and the USA Today Kansas Player
of the Year. In high school, he rushed for 5,230 yards, averaging nearly 8.4 yards
per carry and 79 touchdowns.
He attended Kansas State in 2001 on a full-ride football scholarship, where he set
23 school records. He finished 11th on the all-time college rushing yards list,
with the 6th most all-purpose yards in NCAA history. In 2003 he led Kansas State
to its first Big 12 Conference Championship.
In April 2004, Darren's mother Annette died at age 41 after a five-year battle with
cancer. Honoring a commitment that he'd made to his mother, Darren bypassed
early entrance to the NFL draft and returned to Kansas State in 2004 to complete
his education and earn his college degree. In May 2005, Darren graduated with
his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. That year he finished 5th in the
Heisman Trophy Voting.
Known as the "Lightning Bug" for his speed and agility, Darren Sproles was drafted
in the fourth round by the San Diego Chargers in 2005. He led the team as a punt
and kickoff returner, and 3rd down running back, setting many personal and team
On September 14, 2008, Sproles became just the second player in NLF history
with 50 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and 100 return yards in one game.
His stats for the game included: 53 rushing yards, 72 receiving yards and 192
return yards. Sproles logged 317 all -purpose yards in a 39-38 loss to the
Denver Broncos. He also had a 103-yard touchdown return.
On January 3, 2009, during an AFC Wild Card game against the Indianapolis
Colts, Sproles ran for (2) touchdowns in place of the injured LaDainian Tomlinson, including the game winning touchdown in overtime to beat the Colts 23-17. With 105 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving and 178 return yards. Sproles finished the game with 328 all-purpose yards in the Chargers victory over the Colts, the third most all-purpose yards by a player in a single NFL post-season game in NFL history. He was named the NBC Sunday Night Football “Horse Trailer Player of the Game” for the second consecutive week.
On July 29, 2011 Sproles signed a four year contract with the New Orleans Saints. In his debut as a New Orleans Saint Sproles opened the season with a 72 yards punt return for a touchdown during the second quarter and returned a second punt for just 20 yards; he also had 2 kick off returns for 83 yards, including a 57 yard return.
On October 23, during a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Darren accumulated 290 all-purpose yards with 2 touchdowns. During this same game, Sproles also broke the 2,000 all-purpose yards mark.
During his time with the New Orleans Saints Darren surpassed the 2,000 all-purpose yards mark in his 7th NFL season. Maintaining an average of 168.5 all-purpose yards per game he finished his 2011 season with 2,696 all-purpose yards, breaking the NFL single season record, previously set in 2000. On March 13,2014 Sproles was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2010, Darren married his longtime girlfriend Michel and they have two daughters Devyn and Rhyan. When Darren is off the field he enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with his family.