Wagswoofs – Former New York Giants Super Bowl-winning running back Derrick Ward is currently facing legal troubles in Southern California.
According to TMZ Sports, an arrest was made earlier this week in Los Angeles involving an eight-year NFL veteran who is now facing accusations of robbing multiple businesses during a recent period of time.
According to law enforcement officials in Southern California, TMZ reports that Ward did not rely on firearms during the series of alleged robberies. Instead, he employed force and made threats. The targeted establishments are said to have included gas stations. At the time of writing this article, Ward remained in custody with bail set at $250,000.
At the age of 43, Ward, a seventh-round pick of the New York Jets in 2004, never got the opportunity to play a game with the team. However, he quickly found a new home with the Giants after being waived.
Ward, a Fresno State and Ottawa University in Kansas alumni, proudly represented the Giants during their victorious Super Bowl campaign in 2007, where they defeated the undefeated New England Patriots led by Tom Brady. Unfortunately, Ward was unable to take part in the championship game due to a fractured left fibula sustained in Week 13 of that season.
Derrick Ward described the injury as one of the most difficult experiences he has ever gone through. He expressed his disappointment, stating, “Being able to finally contribute to the season we had and not being able to play in the Super Bowl, I always dreamed about that when I was a little kid.”
In 2008, Ward had a stellar season with the New York Giants, accumulating an impressive 1,409 total yards and maintaining an impressive average of 6.3 yards per touch.
After an impressive performance, Ward’s talents caught the attention of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency, leading to a lucrative $17 million contract. He spent a season with the Buccaneers before transitioning to the Houston Texans for the next two years. Ward made the decision to retire from professional football after the 2011 season.