Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft.
McFadden graduated from Oak Grove High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas. A widely touted recruit, he chose to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he would become a two-time consensus All-American as a tailback for the Razorbacks in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he became the first sophomore to win the Doak Walker Award, the award honoring the nation's top collegiate running back. He joined Ricky Williams as only the second two-time winner after taking home the award again in 2007. McFadden also won the 2007 Walter Camp Award as the nation's best player and was also the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy two years in a row in 2006 and 2007.
McFadden performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, and after being drafted, he signed a contract worth $60 million with the Raiders, including $27 million in guaranteed money. Although he played infrequently as a rookie, receiving only 113 carries, fans and members of the media still praised McFadden's talents and abilities. After seven seasons with the Raiders, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys prior to the 2015 season.
By Dean Hanley
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