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Darren Sproles closes in on total yardage record

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A week after Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the single-season passing yardage record, one of his teammates may break a single-season yardage record of his own: Darren Sproles is within reach of the all-time record for all-purpose yards in a season.

The current record is held by Derrick Mason, who had a total of 2,690 yards in 2000, when he was a starting receiver and the primary kick returner for the Titans. With one game left this season, Sproles has 2,528 all-purpose yards, meaning if he has 163 all-purpose yards on Sunday (which would be a slightly below-average game for him this year), he’ll have the record.

Asked by the New Orleans Times-Picayune if he was thinking about the record, Sproles said he didn’t even know about it.

That’d be cool, but it’s not on my mind,” Sproles said. “That’s not my main focus. My main focus is just to help this team win. And that’s all that’s on my mind when I go out there and play.”

Although he’s always been an all-purpose back, Sproles also said that he never patterned himself after the all-purpose yardage leaders and instead aspired to be an every-down back.

“But my all-time favorite is Barry Sanders,” Sproles said. “That’s who I always tried to be like.”

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24 Responses to “Darren Sproles closes in on total yardage record”
  1. cakemixa says: Dec 30, 2011 5:04 PM

    Also lost in the shuffle is the fact that the Saints will likely break the record for offensive yards in a season, currently held by the Rams (greatest show on turf). They only need ~200 yards to break it.

  2. mrgroovesd says: Dec 30, 2011 5:04 PM

    Who misses him on the Bolts roster? Me!!! Eff you AJ for letting him walk. He would’ve been a better tandem with Mathews rather than Tolbert.

  3. dinisco says: Dec 30, 2011 5:09 PM

    One of the best FA acquisitions of the year. Don’t care what Bush is doing in Miami. I’d take this guy over him every time.

  4. radiofriendly420 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:09 PM

    Props to Darren Sproles.

    Class act. I’m sure his all time favorite would be proud.

  5. joetoronto says: Dec 30, 2011 5:25 PM

    Yet another brilliant move by the lord of no rings, AJ Smith.

  6. 6andcounting says: Dec 30, 2011 5:26 PM

    You hear this guy talk and you wonder why “ME” guys like T.O. and Chad Ocho-idiot are dying out in this league. Hope he breaks the record…

  7. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 5:31 PM

    They are also on track for breaking the record for most pretentious team ever. I have a good feeling Peyton isnt going to rest his starters he will go for it.

  8. freewayjim says: Dec 30, 2011 5:50 PM

    I hopes Sproles gets the record, great guy, great player!

    Smart move by the Saints in letting Bush go and bringing Sproles in. This is what solid organizations who fall short of their expectations do, they UPGRADE personnel in the off-season.

  9. sixburghrules says: Dec 30, 2011 6:03 PM

    bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 5:31 PM

    They are also on track for breaking the record for most pretentious team ever. I have a good feeling Peyton isnt going to rest his starters he will go for it.
    ________________________
    Peyton Manning is not playing dude! Sean Payton IS! and I am not even a Saints fan! Dumb a**!

    Go STEELERS

  10. gwahknows says: Dec 30, 2011 6:05 PM

    Once they’re up 38-21 on carolina…they will use the last two minute warning and their final 3 timeouts to ensure drew brees one more touchdown drive to beat carolina 45-21…while cracking a few more ‘records’ on the way….congrats saints.

    signed,

    Seattle in the first round of the playoffs.

  11. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:44 PM

    Sorry Darren, you failed miserably trying to be like Barry.

  12. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 6:47 PM

    Sixburghrules: your not even a saints fan and you knew Peyton manning doesn’t coach the saints. You sir, are wise beyond your years. You clearly noticed that I meant Peyton manning and that my phone didn’t auto correct Payton to Peyton. Good thing the world had steelers fans because I for one would be distraught if I didn’t get to read all of your guys novel comments. It’s amazing how a city can consistently field a decent team, yet have the nadir of sports fans.

  13. 8man says: Dec 30, 2011 6:57 PM

    Just craazy that this guy was available and crazier that he went to a stacked team, fully capable of getting him the ball.

    If the Saints win the Super Bowl, I guarantee the analysts will beat the acquistion of Sproles to death as a huge contributing factor, and with good reason.

    Charger fan has to be absolutely livid!

  14. bspurloc says: Dec 30, 2011 7:33 PM

    .
    dumb colts refused to use Sproles how he was excelling… just cause I grabbed him for my fantasy league back then….
    now look…. idiots…

    same with Reggie bush though…. they refused to use him for screen passes when he came back from his first tragic injury tanking him to nothing… now miami its win win…. and yes… reggie got injured simply because I had drafted him…

  15. scomibord says: Dec 30, 2011 7:35 PM

    London Fletcher and steroid cushing may feel left out, but sproles is the biggest pro-bowl snub around!

  16. dougydougdoug says: Dec 30, 2011 7:44 PM

    But don’t forget. In his last season with SD, how had very pedestrian numbers. Regardless of what people think led to that decline, it wasn’t for a lack of carries. He simply didn’t have the same explosiveness that he was able to unleash in previous years. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think he even had a single punt or kick-off return for points that year.

    Hindsight is always 20/20, but do look at the facts.

  17. 504in860 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:46 PM

    gwahknows says:
    Dec 30, 2011 6:05 PM
    Once they’re up 38-21 on carolina…they will use the last two minute warning and their final 3 timeouts to ensure drew brees one more touchdown drive to beat carolina 45-21…while cracking a few more ‘records’ on the way….congrats saints.

    signed,

    Seattle in the first round of the playoffs.
    ————————————————

    Hahahaha…wait, did Seattle make the playoffs this season? No? Okay, nevermind.

  18. santolonius says: Dec 30, 2011 9:02 PM

    best td celebration of all time: drop the ball on the ground and go hug a teammate.

    these elaborate celebrations are all so corny. “look at me, look at me!” they are as painful to watch as improv comedy.

  19. jimothyvonstojavic says: Dec 31, 2011 4:04 AM

    San Diego needs to stop ditching their best players. Brees, turner and now spores! Come on guys.

  20. MTLighthouse69 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:33 AM

    joetoronto said:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:25 PM
    “Yet another brilliant move by the lord of no rings, AJ Smith.”

    ====

    And as usual you don’t know what you are talking about, but don’t let the facts get in the way of that.

    Sproles is now making roughly half of what he was making with the Chargers now that he is with the Saints.

    Do you think Sproles would be willing to take that kind of pay cut to stay with the Chargers given that he was making so much to begin with after being tagged by the Chargers?

    Do you think the Chargers really wanted to pay him that kind of money via tag for one year, if they could have had him for two years at roughly that same one year tagged price?

    Do you think Sproles stats his last year with the Chargers was worth the money that he was being paid under that last huge tagged one year contract he had with the Chargers?

    This reminds of those morons who think the Chargers were fools for not re-signing Brees to a huge contract when his future was in doubt after Marty played him in a meaningless game at the end of the season which resulted in Brees’ potential career ending injury.

    The Chargers did offer him a contact, it just didn’t have a bunch of huge guarantees in it, because the Chargers wanted to protect themselves.

    .

  21. saintsfan1111 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:53 AM

    > Seattle in the first round of the playoffs.

    Enjoy your winter break. Again. You can dream about your team winning the Lombardi some day.

  22. MTLighthouse69 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:56 AM

    mrgroovesd says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:04 PM
    “Who misses him on the Bolts roster? Me!!! Eff you AJ for letting him walk. He would’ve been a better tandem with Mathews rather than Tolbert.”

    ——

    And exactly how was AJ supposed to stop Sproles from moving on? They had already tagged Sproles twice, once in 2009 and again in 2010 which resulted in his massive contracts in both of those years. Did you really expect the Chargers’ to sign him to another massive one year contract?

    How much money did Sproles make in his 2009 tagged year? Reportedly a little over 6.6 million for that year?

    How much money did Sproles make in his 2010 tagged year? Reportedly somewhere around 7.2 million?

    Assuming the Chargers would have been able to tag Sproles again, how much more would you have been willing to pay? Would you have been willing to let VJ walk in order to keep Sproles?

    Don’t you think the Chargers would have been willing to sign Sproles to a longer term contract at a cheaper price? Of course they would.

    Sproles was never going to be an every down back, and the Chargers most certainly weren’t going to pay Sproles every down back money over a long term contract to a guy that has been nothing more than a situational back with special team skills.

    Would I have wanted Sproles back as a Charger if I had known he was going to end up taking roughly half of what he was making with the Chargers his last season? Yes. Would Sproles be willing to sign that contract to come back to the Chargers? I doubt it.

  23. reggiejordan23 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:48 AM

    good job chargers..

  24. ogsaintcharles says: Jan 1, 2012 4:10 PM

    Once they’re up 38-21 on carolina…they will use the last two minute warning and their final 3 timeouts to ensure drew brees one more touchdown drive to beat carolina 45-21…while cracking a few more ‘records’ on the way….congrats saints.

    signed,

    Seattle in the first round of the playoffs.

    —————————————————–
    Lez see. Saints gets D. Sproles. Seachickens get T. Jack. Who did better in FA? Oh, and the 12th Man ready to go back to sippin’ lattes and enjoying 140 days of rain per year. HAHAHA!!

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