Former NFL running back Mark Herron arrested for heroin possession

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Former NFL running back Mark Herron arrested for heroin possession

Mark Herron, former runningback for the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) was arrested and charged with heroin possession on May 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 62-year old is a Muslim and does not drink or smoke but seems to have a problem with drugs, which are also banned in the Islamic religion. He has been arrested about 20 times so far and has also spent time in jail, usually on drug charges. Police in Chicago said that they saw Herron standing outside of an abandoned building and a search of Herron’s person revealed a tinfoil packet that was filled with heroin.

After graduating from Kansas State University, Herron was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round, overall pick number 143, of the 1970 NFL Draft. However, he decided to join the CFL instead. He played for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1970 to 1972 and was the leading rusher in the West Division of the league, earning the Eddie James Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is awarded to the leading rusher of the West Division and is named after Eddie James, former running back for the Regina Roughriders in the 1930s. Herron won the award in 1972 with 1,527 rushing yards, the sixth highest at that time since the award was started in 22 years.

After leaving the CFL following a memorable, yet short, career, Herron became a star in the NFL when he joined the New England Patriots in 1973. In his first year in the NFL, Herron had the most kickoff return yards and the highest kickoff return average in the entire league with 41 kickoff returns for 1,092 yards and one touchdown. His longest return was for 92 yards and his average yardage per return was 26.6 yards.

The next year, 1974, Herron set a then-league record of 2,444 all purpose yards, stemming from 14 starts in 14 games. In those games, Herron had 231 rushing attempts for 824 yards, 38 receptions for 474 yards, 35 punt returns for 517 yards and 28 kickoff returns for 626 yards, a total of 2,444 yards.

Herron is still ranked 16th in the league for all time career punt return average and 86th in kickoff return average. In his three years with the Patriots, Herron started in 20 of the 35 games that he played in, recording 353 rushing attempts for 1,298 yards and nine touchdowns, 61 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns, 74 punt returns for 888 yards and 71 kickoff returns for 1,796 yards and one touchdown. He also fumbled 26 times with the Patriots and lost 18 of them.

He then spent one year with the Falcons, playing in four games but starting in none of them. He rushed once for 0.3 yards and fumbled once, along with ten punt returns for 94 yards and 11 kickoff returns for 189 yards.

 

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