Troy Hambrick

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Troy Hambrick
No. 35, 42, 47
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-11-06) November 6, 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth: Lacoochee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Pasco (FL)
College: Savannah State
Undrafted: 2000
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 61
Attempts: 536
Rushing yards: 2,179
Rushing TDs: 9
Receptions: 46
Receiving yards: 276
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Troy Hambrick (born November 6, 1976) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Savannah State University.

Early years[edit]

Hambrick and his brother Darren helped Pasco High School win the 1992 Class 3A state championship in football. He began his collegiate career at the University of South Carolina in 1996 and was the Gamecocks' leading rusher in 1997 and 1998. However, off the field issues led to his dismissal by then newly hired Lou Holtz before the start of the 1999 season.

He transferred to Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia for his senior season where he became a starter and ran for 1,261 yards and 18 touchdowns.[1] He finished with school records for most rushing yards-game (181), most rushing touchdowns-game (4), most rushing touchdowns-season (18), most yards per carry-season (6.5), most points-season (116) and most total touchdowns-season (19).

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Hambrick was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He was the backup behind Emmitt Smith and played some fullback also, which allowed him to flash the potential to become a starter. In 2001 he had 579 yards with a 5.1 average per carry, good for third place in the NFL. In 2002 his numbers decreased, but still excelled in special teams finishing second on the team with 17 tackles.

His play in limited appearances even created a controversy whether he should start ahead of Smith, which in turn affected the relationship between the two players.

Hambrick is best known for being the player that replaced Smith as the Cowboys starter in the 2003 season. As the featured running back, using his size and deceptive speed, he rushed for career highs with 275 carries for 972 yards and 5 touchdowns, helping the team back to the playoffs for the first time since the 1998 season. During that season against the Washington Redskins, he ran 33 times for 189 yards, which at the time was the third-most rushing yards in a game by a running back in franchise history, only Tony Dorsett and Smith had better games. On May 13, 2004, he was waived after the Cowboys drafted Julius Jones in the second round and also took into consideration his production (3.5 yards per carry).[2]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On May 17, 2004, the Oakland Raiders signed him as a free agent,[3] but within a month he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals along with defensive end Peppi Zellner, in exchange for a sixth round draft choice (#182-Cedric Houston) in the 2005 NFL Draft.[4]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

During the 2004 season in a twist of fate, he ended up once again backing up Smith with the Arizona Cardinals. Hambrick played in the first 10 games rushing for 283 yards and one touchdown on 63 carries, before spraining his foot and being placed on the Injured reserve list. He was released on August 22, 2005.[5]

Utah Blaze (AFL)[edit]

On November 9, 2007, he signed with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League in an attempt to come back, but was waived within a month after being arrested.

Personal life[edit]

Hambrick's brother Darren was a linebacker in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers.

In September 2005, Hambrick was arrested on domestic abuse charges, which were dropped after prosecutors declined to file formal charges.[6] In 2007, he was arrested for selling cocaine. He later was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released in March 2011 after entering a drug treatment program.[7]


  1. ^ "Ex-NFL player faces charges". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cowboys release Troy Hambrick". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hambrick could compete for starting job". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cardinals trade for Zellner, Hambrick". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ward not sure of numbers, but deal is close". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Former SSU star Troy Hambrick indicted for selling crack cocaine". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Dallas Cowboy Troy Hambrick seeks redemption after leaving prison". Retrieved February 19, 2017.