Darren McFadden retires from NFL

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (10) takes a handoff from quarterback Kellen Moore during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (10) takes a handoff from quarterback Kellen Moore during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Darren McFadden announced Tuesday he will retire from playing football, two days after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

McFadden, 30, played 103 games in 10 professional seasons, and finished his career with 5,421 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns.

"I just want to say that I make this decision not with sadness or without further opportunity," McFadden wrote during in a lengthy Twitter post announcing his retirement, "but with a couple of days to reflect on how I feel and where I am at this stage of life. I know that this is the right move for me.

"I look forward to what the future holds - spending more time with my family, pursuing some outside interests and, of course, going to a few Arkansas football games!"

McFadden was drafted fourth overall by the Raiders in 2008 and spent seven seasons in Oakland, where he played only one full season because of several lower-body injuries. McFadden's best year with the Raiders came in 2010 when he rushed for 1,157 yards and 7 touchdowns in 13 games.

His second, and final, 1,000-yard season came in his first season in Dallas in 2015. McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Cowboys' feature back that season, but his role diminished each of the next two seasons after Dallas drafted Ezekiel Elliott and signed Alfred Morris as a free agent.

McFadden played in only three games in 2016 and was active just once this season. His one carry in 2017 went for a 2-yard loss.

McFadden holds several school records at Arkansas, where he starred from 2005-07 and finished Heisman Trophy runner-up twice. He won the Doak Walker Award in 2006 and 2007, given to college football's best running back.

McFadden became the first SEC running back since Herschel Walker to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. His 1,830 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007 are both single-season records at Arkansas, as are his career 4,590 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns.

During a 2007 game against South Carolina, McFadden rushed for 321 yards, which tied an SEC record. He accounted for 10 non-rushing touchdowns during his college career, mostly passing touchdowns from the Wildcat package.

McFadden grew up in Little Rock and attended Oak Grove High School. He was a Parade All-American and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offensive player of the year in 2004.

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