Greg Hardy

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Greg Hardy
No. 76  Dallas Cowboys
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-28) July 28, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Millington, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school: Memphis (TN) Briarcrest
College: Mississippi
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 179
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2013)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013)
  • 2× NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 3, Week 17, 2013)
  • Carolina Panthers single-season sack record (15)
  • Carolina Panthers single-game sack record (4)
  • Third-team All-American (2008)
  • Second-team All-American (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 204
Quarterback sacks: 34.0
Forced fumbles: 7
Stats at

Gregory Hardy[1] (born July 28, 1988), nicknamed The Kraken, is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss"). He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Hardy attended Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, he helped lead his team to the state championship in 2004. As a senior, he was credited with 65 tackles, including 12 for loss and six sacks, while also receiving 48 passes for 268 yards. Hardy played with offensive lineman Michael Oher at both Briarcrest Christian School, Tennessee and Ole Miss.[2] In basketball, he was an honorable mention All-State as a junior.

In track & field, Hardy earned a letter competing as a sprinter and shot putter. In sprints, he ran the 200-meter dash in 24.04 seconds as a sophomore. In the shot put, he got a top-throw of 14.47 meters (47 ft, 2 in).[3] In addition, he also recorded a 4.8-second 40-yard dash and had a 28-inch vertical jump.

Hardy was considered a three-star prospect by, and was ranked No. 30 among weakside defensive end prospects, No. 44 according to[4] He was an All-State pick who was rated as the No. 5 player in Tennessee by Super Prep, No. 8 by and No. 12 by He was also named All-Metro by The Commercial Appeal.

College career[edit]

Hardy was considered one of the best pass rushers eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft but he elected to return to Ole Miss for a senior season.[5] He underwent surgery on a broken bone in his right foot during the off-season but was ready for the 2009 season.[6]

Hardy had 38.5 career tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks, which included a best in the SEC 10.0 sacks in 2007.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 5/8 in 281 lb 4.79 s 1.67 s 2.82 s 4.62 s 7.13 s 36 in 10 ft 1 in 21 reps x
All values from Mississippi Pro Day[7]

In April 2009 Sports Illustrated, Hardy was named the top prospect for the 2010 NFL Draft. However injuries, poor production, and an unimpressive combine, caused his draft stock to fall significantly.[8]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Hardy was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a contract on June 17, 2010.[9] Hardy managed to record a blocked punt for a safety as well as force a fumble and record 4 tackles in his rookie debut.

Although Hardy had played in 15 games his rookie year, he had started none. He did however, finish the year with 30 tackles, 3 sacks, two forced fumbles, and the aforementioned safety.

Hardy recorded 11 sacks in 2012 in spite of sustaining a broken thumb in September.[10]

On November 9, 2012, Hardy was fined $15,750 for a roughing the passer penalty against Robert Griffin III versus the Washington Redskins in Week 9.[11]

On June 11, 2013, Hardy spoke to reporters during a summer minicamp claiming his goal for sacks in the 2013 season to be 50. Regarding such a lofty number, more than twice the current record, Hardy stated, "Why shoot low, right? If I'm going to shoot at it, I'm going to shoot at it with a 50 caliber. I'm going to shoot at a little bird with a 50-caliber bullet. That's the goal for this year, 50 sacks, that's where I'm at. That's the goal, 50. You heard it first."[12]

In a road victory against the Atlanta Falcons, Hardy finished with a single game team record four sacks. He ended up recording a team-record 15 sacks, earning his first trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl and being named a second-team All Pro by the Associated Press. The Panthers defense finished first in the NFL with 60 sacks in 2013, second in points per game, and third in DVOA team defense. He was ranked 53rd in the NFL Top 100 for his breakout performance in the 2013 NFL Season.

Set to become a free agent during the 2014 offseason, it was announced on February 28, 2014 that the Panthers had placed the franchise tag on Hardy, allowing him to return to the field for them during the 2014 season.[13] Due to his domestic abuse charges, Hardy was suspended for all but the first game of the 2014 season.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On March 18, 2015, Hardy signed a one year, $11.3 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.[14]

On April 22, 2015, Hardy was suspended the first 10 games of the 2015 season without pay in relation to his domestic abuse charges.[15][16]

Personal controversy[edit]

On May 13, 2014, Greg Hardy called 911, and in a phone call that lasted more than four minutes,[17] told a dispatcher:

  • She’s hit me in the face twice. She won’t get out. We’re trying to get her out of my house. She keeps running back in every time. . . . My assistant is trying to retain her. She’s trying to break free, hit me with her heel. Now I’m literally running around the table right now. She’s trying to hit me with a shoe. . . . Ahhh (expletive). She broke some glass. Man, (expletive). (Expletive)! . . . I’m behind the bar. I’m not touching her. . . . She’s literally kicking and scratching but my manager is retaining her. . . . Can you please send somebody to help me? . . . I don’t need a medic. She hit me in the face, I’m fine. I’m not bleeding or anything. It’s a little swollen but I’m fine. . . . You shouldn’t have hit me. You shouldn’t have hit me. . . . She refused to leave. She told me to break her arm when I asked her to leave. . . . I’m inside the apartment. Trying to get out, she’s literally blocking. She’s at the door, won’t leave. We’ve been trying to get her to leave for an hour. I’ve asked her to leave a thousand times and she hit me in the face twice. I can’t walk through my kitchen, there’s glass. She broke glass. . . . Yeah I think she’s on coke or something. I don’t know. She’s been drinking. I don’t know what she’s on man. . . . Ah (expletive), am I bleeding? (Expletive), I’m bleeding, man. (Expletive). . . .[18]

Police arrived and filed an incident report describing that a 24-year old white female had been physically assaulted and threatened.[19] The incident report stated that the victim had a minor injury in the form of bruises and scratches and that she had refused treatment. A Mecklenburg County, North Carolina arrest report filed on May 13 listed a 27-year old black male named Gregory Hardy as the defendant. [20]

On June 15, 2014, Nicole Holder filed for a Domestic Violence Protective Order against Hardy.[21] According to Holder, “On May 13, 2014, Greg Hardy attacked me in his apartment. Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He dragged me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons. Hardy bragged that all of those assault rifles were loaded. Landing on those weapons bruised [my] neck and back. Greg screamed for his “administrative assistant” (Sammy Curtis) to come into the room and hold me down. Curtis came into the room, grabbed me from behind and held me down. Hardy and Curtis then took me into the living room area. I wasn’t nearly strong or fast enough to escape. I begged them to let me go & I wouldn’t tell anyone what he did. They took me out into the hall, pushed me down & went back inside his apartment. I crawled to the elevator and ran into CMPD". (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

On July 15, 2014, Greg Hardy was sentenced in North Carolina to probation after being convicted in a misdemeanor trial without a jury by Judge Becky Thorne Tin.[22] Such bench trial convictions are automatically appealable with de novo review, and have been referred to by the Supreme Court as "no more than an offer in settlement."[23] Holder admitted during cross-examination that she had been using cocaine on the night in question.[24] Judge Thorne Tin would not allow Hardy’s lawyer to continue questioning Holder about her history of cocaine use. [25] Judge Thorne Tin, who was in an election year,[26] was co-chair of her law school's Battered Women's Advocacy Project.[27] Judge Thorne Tin credited the testimony of Holder's witness Christina Lawrence, saying that Lawrence had "nothing to gain" on either side by testifying.[28] Lawrence testified that she had only heard the incident and "didn't see anything,[29] since she was in another room.[30] During a 911 call on the night of the alleged attack, however, Lawrence had told a dispatcher, "I seen it. He is beating her (expletive) . . . . I was in the apartment, he’s beating her (expletive)."[31] During the misdemeanor bench trial, Holder also admitted that she struck Hardy in the temple with her shoe,[32] but said that Hardy had been choking her. Holder also admitted that Sammy Curtis, Hardy’s manager, tackled her after she hit Hardy with her shoe.[33] Holder further testified, "I thought high-profile people get away with stuff like this. He’s Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers," in explaining why she had run from police. Holder also testified, "He had told me in past if I took food out of his family’s mouth he was going to kill me," in explaining why she had refused to give a statement to police at the scene.[34] A Protective Order filed July 16, 2014 stated that Hardy had exercised his right under North Carolina law to appeal the conviction to a de novo jury trial.[35]

After playing Week 1, Hardy was deactivated Week 2 against the Detroit Lions.[36] On September 17, 2014 Hardy agreed to be placed on the exempt list. He continued to draw a salary of $13.1 million in spite of being ineligible to play in NFL games or practice with the Panthers.[37] Hardy’s appeal was resolved when the Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges against Hardy on February 9, 2015, saying: “[T]he victim did not appear in court to testify. The victim appears to have intentionally made herself unavailable to the State.”[38]

In the Dismissal form,[39] the prosecutor stated:

  • For the past several months, the alleged victim, Nicole Holder, has made herself completely unavailable to the Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office. . . . The State further has reliable information that Ms. Holder has reached a civil settlement with the Defendant. . . . [T]he State reviewed the interview of Ms. Holder on the day of the incident and compared her statement against the transcript of the trial conducted in District Court. . . . In comparing the prior statement with Ms. Holder’s District Court testimony, the State concluded that, in her absence, it did not have sufficient legal basis upon which to introduce the initial statement she provided to law enforcement.

As a result of the dismissal of Greg Hardy’s case, under North Carolina law, Greg Hardy’s earlier conviction has been wiped away. [40]

Career stats[edit]

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2010 CAR 15 0 30 24 6 3.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011 CAR 16 16 50 38 12 4.0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 CAR 15 10 61 41 20 11.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
2013 CAR 16 13 59 39 20 15.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2014 CAR 1 1 4 3 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 63 40 204 145 59 34.0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0 7 2


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