Thursday, November 14, 2013
FORMER NIU STANDOUT AND CHICAGO BEAR SAM HURD SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS
Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd saw his career come to an end in December of 2011 after he was arrested for attempting to purchase a large amount of coke. Hurd was slapped with a 15-year prison sentence Wednesday (Nov. 13) evening, although his legal team is looking to fight back with an appeal. Hurd, 28, was arrested in Chicago trying to purchase and distribute a kilo of powder, along with a large amount of kush. Initially pleading not guilty, Hurd violated his bond agreement twice in 2012 after testing positive for kush. Speaking to an undercover agent after an investigation was launched in the summer of his arrest, Hurd unwittingly admitted to already moving narcotics in the Chicago area. At the time of his arrest, Hurd was in the last year of a three-year $5 million contract, and Judge Solis expressed disappointment at the player, who was then playing with the Chicago Bears. "You had everything going for you," Solis told Hurd, adding that he thought the case was a "tragedy."