Drug Scheme Leads to Prison for Ex-NFL Player Hurd

The 28-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears.

Posted: 11/14/2013 10:57 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Once an NFL wide receiver and local hero with a $5 million contract, Sam Hurd was reduced to being a convicted felon in orange jail scrubs pleading with a judge to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison.

The 28-year-old Hurd was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears.

Hurd pleaded guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, which carries a maximum of life imprisonment.

Hurd walked into court with a handwritten speech, but often strayed from it.

In the end, U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis gave him a much shorter sentence than the 27 to 34 years recommended by federal sentencing calculations.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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