After 10 seasons, Darren McFadden is walking away from the game of football. On Tuesday afternoon, the former Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders running back officially announced his retirement from the NFL in a statement on his Twitter account.
— Darren McFadden (@dmcfadden20) November 28, 2017
In his statement, McFadden said that he felt privileged to play in the NFL for so long, and made his decision without sadness. He went on to thank his wife, Tanya, his parents, Graylon, Cookie, and Mini, several former teammates and coaches, Dallas owner Jerry Jones and his family, the late Al Davis, Leecie Henson, a high school mentor, and his agent, Ian Greengross.
After being released by the Cowboys on Sunday, McFadden made his decision to retire after taking a couple of days to reflect and decide what he wants to do with the rest of his life.
McFadden appeared in only one game, recording just 1 carry for -2 yards, in 2017 before his release.
Following a legendary college career at the University of Arkansas, McFadden was selected by the Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He never truly lived up to his billing as a can’t-miss prospect, but McFadden did have a productive NFL career.
When it was all said and done, McFadden had two 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and totaled 1,302 carries for 5,421 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns, and 254 receptions for 2,114 yards and 5 touchdowns.