|Date of birth||October 3, 1959|
|Place of birth||Cecilia, Louisiana|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||264 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||Cecilia (LA) High School|
|NFL draft||1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71|
|Drafted by||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1984||St. Louis Cardinals|
James Ramsey Dardar (born October 3, 1959) is a former professional American football player. Dardar played one season for the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) in 1984. He attended Cecilia High School in Cecilia, Louisiana, and was an All-Southeastern Conference nose guard at Louisiana State University (LSU). He was drafted by the Cardinals in 1983. Though he only appeared in NFL games in one season, he spent three years on NFL squads. After his playing career, Dardar was arrested several times. He has been imprisoned in Louisiana for much of his post-NFL life.
Dardar attended Cecilia High School and Louisiana State University. He played for LSU between 1980 and 1982. In 1982, Dardar was named a First Team All-SEC nose guard by both the Associated Press and United Press International. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round (71st overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft.
St. Louis placed Dardar on injured reserve just prior to the 1983 season. Dardar played in sixteen games for St. Louis in the 1984 NFL season. He was waived by St. Louis in early September 1985. Dardar was released by the New York Giants before the 1986 season. In May 1987, Dardar was signed by the Houston Oilers. He was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season. He was waived by Houston that October.
In October 1990, Dardar pleaded guilty to three burglary charges and was sentenced to five years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended. During the 1990 legal proceedings, his defense attorney said that Dardar had an IQ of 71 and that he had scored a 3 on the ACT, a college admissions test on which a 36 is the maximum score. There were no minimum college entrance requirements for athletes when Dardar was admitted to LSU.
In May 1992, Dardar was sentenced to six years in prison after a guilty plea to charges of simple burglary and possession of stolen goods. Dardar was released from prison in March 1997 and was arrested again for burglary that November. He entered into a plea agreement in June 1998 and was expected to be sentenced to a 32-year prison term.
Dardar is the uncle of Reggie Dardar, a former track and field athlete at LSU.
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