A former Super Bowl champion has been arrested in Los Angeles as a suspect in several robberies in the city of Angels.
According to The Washington Post, former NFL running back, Derrick Ward, who won a Super Bowl title with the New York Giants in 2008, has been arrested on suspicion of robbery. The 43-year-old California native was apprehended on Monday, Dec. 18 in the North Hollywood area, according to police officials. He was being held on $250,000 bail, based on a search on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate website.
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His collegiate sports career took place at Fresno State and Ottawa University in Kansas after he grew up in Riverside County in Southern California. After he graduated from college, he entered the NFL Draft in 2004 and was selected by the New York Jets in the seventh round. He never took the field for a regular season game as the team cut him. But, he was able to latch onto the in-town New York Giants where he arguably had his best stint. He played for them from 2004 until 2008. While playing for the Giants, he took part in the historic Super Bowl win in 2008 that prevented quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from having a perfect season with no losses.
Although Ward was on the roster for that Super Bowl win, he did not play due to having a broken leg during the regular season.
He ended up playing eight seasons in the league and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 and then went to the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2011 before hanging up his cleats for good in 2012.