Darnell Autry

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Darnell Autry
Date of birth (1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Wiesbaden, Germany, United States
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Northwestern
NFL draft 1997 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
Career history
As player
1997 Chicago Bears
2000 Philadelphia Eagles
Career stats

Harrington Darnell Autry (born June 19, 1976) is a former American football player who played college football at Northwestern University. In his sophomore season, he helped lead the 1995 Northwestern Wildcats to the Big Ten Conference Championship and the 1996 Rose Bowl. Autry finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting for 1995 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated after a Northwestern victory over Penn State.

In his junior season, he led Northwestern to another share of the Big Ten championship. After the season, Autry sued the NCAA to be allowed to act in a movie since he was a theater major and he did not want to lose NCAA eligibility. The NCAA initially rejected his claims but eventually relented.[1] He was then drafted in the 1997 NFL Draft where he had little success playing for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.[2]

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Preceded by
Dennis Lundy
Northwestern Wildcat's Starting Running Back
1995-1996
Succeeded by
Adrian Autry