Former NFL star Sam Hurd jailed for 15 years

Sam Hurd of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down after catching a pass against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011
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Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears player Sam Hurd is given a 15-year jail term for his role in a number of "high-end" drug deals.

Ex-Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug dealing.

The 28-year-old was released by the Bears in December 2011 following his arrest for a role in trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Hurd was known in the NFL as a hard-working family man, but led a double life as what US District Judge Jorge Solis described as "a wannabe drug kingpin with a focus on high-end deals" during Wednesday's court hearing.

Hurd pleaded guilty to charges in April, with Hawaii News Now reporting that he said in court: "I have regrets, your honour. I have a lot of regrets. I made some dumb, very bad decisions."

The Bears cut Hurd when he was in the first year of a three-year contract reportedly worth more than $5m (£3.1m).

A general view of the goal post against the blue sky as the Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 200
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