Darren McFadden, sometimes known by the nickname 'Run DMC', was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas on August 27, 1987. A running back for the Oakland Raiders, he previously played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks, where he became the first sophomore in history to receive the Doak Walker Award.
While living in North Little Rock, McFadden attended Oak Grove High School, where he emerged as a highly promising football player. Having played in multiple positions, he was given All-American honors by Parade at the end of his senior year and was recognised as the state's best player with the Landers Award. Various recruitment analysts ranked McFadden amongst the nation's top recruitment prospects and he was of interest to many schools, but committed to the University of Arkansas.
At college level, McFadden continued to impress and was a star performer for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 2005 to 2007. He rushed for over 1,000 years as a true freshman and then managed 1,647 rushing yards as a sophomore, winning the Doak Walker Award. As a senior, he won the Doak Walker Award for the second time, was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and won the Walter Camp Award. In both 2006 and 2007, he was a consensus All-American and the runner up for the Heisman Trophy. After deciding to forgo his senior year, McFadden entered the 2008 NFL Draft.
In the draft, McFadden was selected by the Oakland Raiders as the fourth overall pick and he subsequently signed a six year contract with the franchise. Although he was only able to make limited appearances in his rookie year, he drew praise from observers for his performances and intermin head coach, Tom Cable, received criticism for not playing him more often.
However, over subsequent seasons, McFadden's NFL career has been significantly affected by a string of injury problems. His 2009 season was severely hindered by injury and although he made a solid start to 2010, a torn meniscus caused him to miss several games. After the first six weeks of the 2011 season, he was the rushing leader for the entire NFL, but a foot injury ended his season early and in 2012, he struggled throughout and missed four games. Despite his issues, he was offered a new one year deal in March 2014.
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