Fred Lane (American football)

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Fred Lane
Fred Lane running against the New Orleans Saints
No. 32
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-09-06)September 6, 1975
Place of birth: Franklin, Tennessee
Date of death: July 6, 2000(2000-07-06) (aged 24)
Place of death: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Career information
College: Lane College
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 2,001
Rushing average: 4.0
Touchdowns: 13
Stats at

Fred Brown Lane, Jr. (September 6, 1975 - July 6, 2000) was an American football running back in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. He was murdered by his wife Deidra Lane on July 6, 2000.

Early life[edit]

Lane was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. His father, Fred Lane, Sr., was a star at the old Natchez High School (which later desegregated with Franklin High). Attending Franklin Junior High School, it was noticed by detective William Correa that Lane possessed uncommon speed and agility for such a young player. Lane attended Franklin High School, amassing over 1,000 yards his senior year, while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. His number, 28, is retired by the school. He had one daughter, Régine Lane (1996).

College career[edit]

Lane attended Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. He finished his career with 3,612 rushing yards, establishing himself as the school's all-time leading rusher. As of 2012, Lane still held the school records for rushing yards in a career, season (1,853 in 1995) and game (305 versus Miles College), as well as rushing attempts and per carry average. As a junior in 1995, Lane finished the season on the Harlon Hill Trophy watchlist, the NCAA Division II Player of the Year award. In the same year, Lane was named to the Heritage Radio HBCU All American team, as well as several other media services' All American teams. Lane's college number, #6, was retired by Lane College.

Pro Career & Death[edit]

Lane was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Panthers before the 1997 NFL season. He set a then-team record that year with a 147 rushing yard performance. During his three years with the Panthers, he accumulated 2,001 rushing yards (the most in franchise history at the time) and 13 touchdowns. Fred Lane played for the Panthers for three years and had been traded to the Indianapolis Colts before his death on July 6, in the year 2000.

On July 6, 2000, Fred's wife, Deidra Lane shot and killed Fred. Fred's keys were still in the lock and Fred had been shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun - once in the chest and a second time in the back of the head, apparently at point blank range. Deidra Lane pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2003, three years after her estranged husband was found fatally shot inside their home.

Prosecutors at her sentencing described Deidra Lane as an abusive woman who killed her husband for insurance money. Defense attorneys called her a battered wife who killed in self-defense. A judge sentenced Deidra Lane to seven years and 11 months, ruling her actions were premeditated and deliberate, that she acted with malice and shot him a second time after he'd already been rendered helpless. She received credit for jail time served waiting on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank larceny. She pled guilty and served four months for that charge. She was released on March 3, 2009.