|Date of birth||March 27, 1958|
|Place of birth||Halifax, Virginia|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|College||East Tennessee State|
|NFL draft||1982 / Round: 5 / Pick 125|
|1982–1989||St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals|
Earl Thomas Ferrell (born March 27, 1958 in Halifax, Virginia), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. A 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 220 lbs. running back from East Tennessee State, Ferrell played his entire NFL career for the Cardinals from 1982 to 1989. He led all Cardinals running backs in rushing yards during the 1988 and 1989 seasons, the team's first two years playing in Phoenix.
Despite a Pro Bowl appearance in each of his final two seasons, Ferrell's career was cut short due to problems with illegal drugs. In 1988, Ferrell reportedly tested positive three times for cocaine, and prior to the 1990 season, he was suspended for one year due to another failed drug test. He never played in the NFL again. On getting the news of his suspension, Ferrell chose to retire.
- NFL Draft History Full Draft: East Tennessee State
- SPORTS PEOPLE: PRO FOOTBALL; Ferrell to Miss Season For Positive Drug Test New York Times
- Cards' Ferrell retires after testing positive for drugs
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