Vikings are number one: In NFL arrests over the last five years

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Now that players are through with their time off for the year, and into the routine of a preseason, the number of NFL arrests has declined sharply.

Well, except for Aldon Smith, anyway.

But even though the 49ers are in the top five, they’re not the most arrested team in the NFL lately.

According to data compiled by former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg, the Vikings are leading the way with 18 arrests the last five years.

They’re followed by the Broncos (16), the Colts and Buccaneers (13 each) and the 49ers (12).

At the other end of the spectrum, the Texans come in last with just one, and they cut rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory within days of his arrest in Alabama.

The Chargers, Giants and Panthers are tied for next-to-last with three each, and the Dolphins and Saints are next with four. The Patriots are among the teams next with five, even though one of theirs was the double-murder conviction for former tight end Aaron Hernandez.

He points out that if you narrow the scope to the last year, the Colts lead the way with five. Since 2012, it’s the 49ers, while the Vikings reclaim the lead when you stretch the study out.

It’s hard to know what conclusions to draw from this list (he even notes there’s not a strong correlation between number of wins and record).

But he does add that Kenny Britt himself would be 20th on the list, and Smith and Ray McDonald alone would be tied for 23rd, though Britt’s the only one currently available to help add to a team’s total.

159 responses to “Vikings are number one: In NFL arrests over the last five years

  1. How many were actually convicted? I doubt it’s many considering the wealthy rarely go to prison other than for tax fraud.

  2. Hernandez was arrested for his alleged involvement, he wasn’t arrested for his conviction.

    We all know he was convicted.

    But thanks again for reminding us.

    How come he is the only one you reference convictions for ?

  3. I don’t know that there’s much that teams can do about this. Sure, they can put an emphasis on “character”, but there will still always be guys who get into trouble.

  4. Wow. The Cowboys are tied at #16?.You would think from the way these fans of other teams that talk about Dalas, that they would lead the league with the most arrests.

    #wedemboyz #sackscomin

  5. Really not surprising…these teams will sign anyone to win. What DOES surprise me a little is that Dallas has 7? Goes to show just how tightly wrapped Jerah has the DPD and law enforcement. I think we all know there is NO WAY Dallas has 7….they just find/pay their way out. Like the Dez WalMart video…..lol….how corrupt can the NFL be? They are after all, South America’s Team.

    A Packer Fan

  6. New coach for Vikings makes the data somewhat irrelevant. I would suggest that Zimmer is looking to draft and keep a different type of player. But, the data are the data.

  7. The Vikings defense looks awesome this year. They’ve drafted four studs the last couple years. Barr and Kendricks from UCLA are both outstanding and smart. They’ll be able to do the things Zimmer wants to do. They have two top CBs in Waynes and Rhodes. Rhodes might be the best young CB in the league. If Bridgewater can be as good as they think he can, the Vikings will be in the hunt for the next decade.

  8. Not to discount the severity of any arrest but doesn’t it seem kind of strange that a guy arrested and charged with multiple murders would count as just one arrest. To make this fair there should be a weighted point system for say misdemeanors, felonies and murders getting increasing points for the severity of the crimes involved. Also arrests that are later proven to be wrong and charges dropped or proven innocent shouldn’t be counted at all imo.

  9. “double-murder conviction for former tight end Aaron Hernandez”

    Hernandez was “only” convicted for Odin Lloyd’s murder, so far. The double-murder trial is scheduled to begin in December.

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    Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance.

  11. We’ve gotten so tired of winning division titles (146 at last count) that we decided to be the best at something else!
    Fear the purple!

  12. Could you imagine if they made a graph on teams that have cheated over the last 5 years? I would need a 60 inch computer screen to see the Patriots bar graph.

  13. Congrats at least they are #1 at something. The 9rs, Broncos, Raiders & Bengals must be slipping.

  14. Vikings better be careful, as the feds may charge them with The RICO Act, if the continue at that pace. NO wonder they can’t win and have never won it all.

  15. Now go and find out how many are still with their team they were on when they got arrested?

    That goes a long way in this discussion also. Also, what was the offense? Was it a violent crime, etc?

  16. This is astonishing. I know Goodell has his faults but look what he has to deal with. It’s time for the players to step up and act like men.

    I’d like to see this chart compared to other sports.

  17. Can’t say I’m shocked. That “franchise” is a joke from top to bottom. I’m pretty sure they have led the league in arrests since 2000 as well. Wins – not so much. I thank God everyday I wasn’t born in that awful state having to root for that awful franchise.

  18. So the colts not only top the list for PED violations in the past 5 years, but the number of player arrests as well?

    “Protect the integrity of the game! Suspend Brady for 100 games!” – Jim ‘the pill-popping maniac’ Irsay

  19. A more appropriate study would be charges and convictions. Cops arrest people for petty stuff all the time and it leads nowhere. I can think of at least 3 examples for the Vikings where players were arrested and then not charged with anything or had all charges dropped when the evidence was reviewed. I’m sure this is true across the board.

  20. I think Zim has them straightened out now. The guys from my PACK could take a tip from them this offseason. It’s been kindve embarrassing starting with the second half of the nfc channy game. Hope we get it turned around. GO PACK!!!!!:

  21. A couple things to consider:

    New England only has 5, but given Hernandez, they obviously go for quality over quantity.

    Dallas only has 7 that were arrested while they were ON the Cowboys. Many were hired AFTER they were already criminals, so Dallas doesn’t get “credit” for those stats.

  22. This is the one thing the Queens are consistently good at. Year after year they lead the league in arrests. Good for them. What a classy team. Who’s next? Teddy? Or will Peterson have a repeat performance of last year? Only time will tell. In the meantime stay tuned to your police scanners .

  23. Dallas only has 7 that were arrested while they were ON the Cowboys. Many were hired AFTER they were already criminals, so Dallas doesn’t get “credit” for those stats.
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    I think it makes Dallas look worse that they have no problem signing players that were already criminal.

  24. The Most Arrested Team in the NFL – the Most Arrested Team in America!

    Congratulations Minnesota Vikings!

    At long last, one for the trophy case!

  25. The wheels have fallen off the Vikes bus since 2000. When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the Vikings (loved Tarkenton, purple people eaters, etc). I still root for them, but meh.

    I hope Zimmer can get them back to winning, I am hopeful of it. I hated the last three coaches, Tice, Childress, and Frazier.

  26. Goodell is trying to fix the culture of the league. I dont think he gets enough credit for that. If he hadn’t messed up with Ray Rice we’d all be talking about his bold leadership with the deflated footballs.

    Give credit where it is due.

  27. 1969nflchampions says:
    Aug 11, 2015 8:48 AM

    Now go and find out how many are still with their team they were on when they got arrested?

    That goes a long way in this discussion also. Also, what was the offense? Was it a violent crime, etc?

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    Well let’s see… there is #28 who committed a violent crime against a child and is still on the team. SKOL to the epic losers!

  28. Now all they need to do is mock up a silver cuff at the bottom of the giant purple foam finger and they are in business.

  29. Looking like the packers might be on top of this list next year.

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    The three arrests this year of Packer players are already counted in their total of 8. The Vikings have 18. Who knows how many more they will add to that total by next year.

  30. That’s why I never understood why my fellow Vikings fan Ariana1985 kept talking about other teams player arrests. It was pretty ridiculous because I knew we had the most over the last 5 years.

  31. of course the Vikings are #1 in arrests. This is yet another reason why it has been proven the Vikings are the most inept team both on and off the field in pro sports history.

  32. rayvens says:
    Aug 11, 2015 8:58 AM
    in all seriousness i would’ve thought Cincy was top 3 over the past 5yrs
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    Nope. Tied with your Ravens at 10th place with 10 arrests. The Bengals had 10 arrests in 2006 alone and the reputation has stuck ever since because people are too lazy to look up and see that the Bengals haven’t had a lot of arrests since then. Haters gonna hate.

  33. greygooseandsprite says:
    Aug 11, 2015 9:11 AM
    Pats fan here. If u look at the quality of the arrest I think Hernandez put us as number 1.

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    Somehow I doubt that you are really a Pats fan. That being said, it should be a surprise to many that the Pats are in the bottom 1/3 of the league for arrests over the past 5 years. Listening to some of the trolls here, you’d think they were on the FBI’s organized crime list.

  34. I can’t get offended at trolls yucking it up at our expense, the facts are what they are and while they are embarrassing, they are real and nothing to be proud of.

    What is worth mentioning is that if you take the last 3 years, it isn’t us. Or the last 4 years, or the last 10 years. the window they picked is the worst case for us.

    Having said that, we need to be like Houston, (one arrest) and arguing numbers or windows. We should expect our team to be better.

  35. Fun with numbers for U.S. Americans.

    49 man roster, 32 teams, over 5 years is 7,840 roster slots we are looking at. That is not the actual total of men in the league during that time period; because rosters turn over, some faster than others, and I am sure his arrests numbers include non-roster practice squad people, and they may include training camp members. So the actual number of players “in the NFL” may be much higher, or a bit lower than, 7,840, depending on how they are counted.

    7,840 roster slots and 260 arrests means that one in 30.154 men got arrested over a five year period. If you had 30 men in a room, they were all employed in the same industry (say, software development, fast food managers, auto mechanics, or physicians), and all were between the ages of 20 and 40, and the cohort is disproportionately Black, and then told me that only one of those persons would be arrested over a five year period, most likely for a non-violent crime (marijuana or other controlled substance possession, DUI, child support, possession of a weapon, etc.), I would be surprised it was so low. Because males of 20 to 40 tend to get arrested higher than any other band, and Blacks get arrested for things which Whites avoid arrest. In other words, one arrest among 30 men over a five years period is actually very low.

    But this has been pointed out before — NFL and NBA players have crime rates that are MUCH LOWER than the general public, and police officers have much higher rates of criminality an athletes. Yet no one discusses the menace associated with police officers drinking too much and getting in a bar fight, or beating up a civilian who started dating their ex girlfriend, or who get pulled over returning from a fishing trip and have weed on the seat next to them, but are too high to even think of hiding it.

  36. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Aug 11, 2015 8:25 AM

    The Vikings are number one in failing to win a Championship in the past 54 years.

    ZERO.
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    Chiefs aren’t much better at 46 years, but whatever makes you feel better.

  37. sbchampsagain says:
    Aug 11, 2015 9:06 AM

    Dallas only has 7 that were arrested while they were ON the Cowboys. Many were hired AFTER they were already criminals, so Dallas doesn’t get “credit” for those stats.

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    Wow.
    This is what we’re talking about: people hate on the Cowboys so much that they find ANY and EVERY way to spin something against them.
    The facts are up there, bub.
    The fact of the matter is that they haven’t committed crimes since being on the Cowboys. Stop the spin.

  38. Its probably because they’re still drowning their sorrows after that 2009 NFCCG loss to the champs!

  39. Well done, Houston. Tight ship you run there.

    Also, I’m impressed that the NY Giants is as low as it is… what with all the temptations that New York City has to offer and all that… well done to them too.

  40. All I know is the Denver Broncos… if you combine their classlessness on and off the field, no one compares to them.

  41. My Packers lead the NFL in arrests this year but I ignore that and I will now wave my finger back and forth at Minnesota.
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    That’s why they used 5 years, because it looks like that was more of an an anomaly.

  42. tonebones says: Aug 11, 2015 7:21 AM

    The Vikings defense looks awesome this year. They’ve drafted four studs the last couple years. Barr and Kendricks from UCLA are both outstanding and smart. They’ll be able to do the things Zimmer wants to do. They have two top CBs in Waynes and Rhodes. Rhodes might be the best young CB in the league. If Bridgewater can be as good as they think he can, the Vikings will be in the hunt for the next decade

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    Did you watch the HOF game with the rest of us? Steelers WRs should’ve been arrested for burning Waynes alive the whole game. He might be fast, but he isn’t anywhere close to “top CB.”

  43. I hate the fact that my Vikings are always in the news for stupid crap and arrests. It seems like it never ends…whether it was Randy Moss trying to run over a meter maid to the love boat scandal to all of the arrests we’ve had over the past 5 years.

    It’s getting old and it starts at the top. We kept Chris Cook for crying out loud after tried to strangle his girlfriend in public, so badly she had choke marks on her neck. Get it together Wilf’s!

  44. Mike Zimmer is now coaching the Vikings. He will NOT put up with arrests and stupid public behavior. The Vikings have a sordid history of that kind of thing, admittedly, but it’s coming to an end very quickly. I guarantee you that Zimmer will get rid of the bad actors. Check back in another five years and you’ll see some very different statistics, because the days of Viking lawbreakers are at an end. This team is stockpiling some significant talent and Zimmer isn’t about to let a few idiots derail the team’s progress. Watch and see.

  45. ratbirdsrule says:
    Aug 11, 2015 7:58 AM
    bunch of criminals…correction, millionaire criminals.
    makes me sick

    They have to “Keep it real”.. And yes its ridiculous! Desmond Bryant’s mugshot > everyone else…

  46. The old saying that a fish rots from the head down should apply to this study. The Viking’s owner was recently convicted of fraud so it stands to reason that the Vikings don’t value character in the players they draft or sign.

    When you are too busy defrauding your business associates, what’s a DWI or domestic abuse charge?

  47. By the way the arrest date for the NFL is similar to the arrest data for the general public. Especially when you account for the fact that the NFL is 70-80% African American.

  48. longtimefanhtr says:
    Aug 11, 2015 10:03 AM

    So the Vikings have 0 arrests in 2015??? How about that Jabari Price guy?

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    Check your calendar. That was way back in 2014. Old news.

  49. swagger52 says:
    Days incarcerated = Patriots #1

    Um no, AH was released immediately so he became an unemployed criminal at that point.

  50. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 11, 2015 11:11 AM

    Hey, is it too late to get in on that “at least the Vikings are #1 at something” thing? Is that bit still fresh?
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    1. Yes, it is too late.

    2. No, that bit is not still fresh.

    If you want to have some fun with it though, just consider the irony of you and your cohorts getting yourselves absolutely moist with glee at the recent string of Packers mishaps, only to have the other shoe drop, as it always does.

  51. In Teddy We Trust, what makes us moist is 13 NFL World Championships. Put that one in your peace pipe and smoke it.

  52. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 11, 2015 11:11 AM
    Hey, is it too late to get in on that “at least the Vikings are #1 at something” thing? Is that bit still fresh?
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    Maybe this should tell you something.

  53. I’m curious as to how this is compiled. Like does Greg hardy’s arrest go to the Panthers or the cowboys? Cuz while he acted like a knucklehead while he was on the Panthers, I feel like that arrest should follow the player. I think that number would really let you know which team has the baddest group of human beings.

  54. Is this the same Vikings team who hasn’t been to the Superbowl in 50 years? And when they did go, lost 4 in a row, so they have 0-4 (nada) bowl wins. 50 years of sucking is a looonnng time.

  55. cottonjoe says:Aug 11, 2015 12:25 PM

    In Teddy We Trust, what makes us moist is 13 NFL World Championships. Put that one in your peace pipe and smoke it.
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    GB has had 2 Superbowl wins since the superbowl allowed the AFL to play in the superbowl.

    2 superbowl wins in the MODERN era. That’s it.
    Granted, its better than the Vikings.

    But this 13 NFL world championship crap includes 2 superbowl wins when the AFL was NOT allowed to play the NFL.
    Most of the other NFL championships came when there was 6 to 10 teams in the entire league.

    LMAO at you.

  56. Minnesota cops actually will arrest athletes. Wisconsin cops let it all slide for their athletes. I’ve heard stories about Packers in the 1990’s that make the Cowboys look like Boy Scouts…but the cops never even batted an eyelash.

  57. rollotomasi14 says:
    Aug 11, 2015 9:19 AM

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    I think it makes Dallas look worse that they have no problem signing players that were already criminal.

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    Or maybe Dallas should be given a little credit for keeping troubled players from recidivism. Prime example of a player being turned around is this week’s HOF inductee Charles Haley.

  58. phillybrilliance says:
    Aug 11, 2015 12:40 PM
    I’m curious as to how this is compiled. Like does Greg hardy’s arrest go to the Panthers or the cowboys? Cuz while he acted like a knucklehead while he was on the Panthers, I feel like that arrest should follow the player. I think that number would really let you know which team has the baddest group of human beings.
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    I disagree. I think the team that was mentoring the player when he goofed up should be the one held accountable, or “given credit” in this case. If a player turns his life around after a team switch, how does seem fair to the new team?

  59. GB has had 2 Superbowl wins since the superbowl allowed the AFL to play in the superbowl.
    2 superbowl wins in the MODERN era. That’s it.
    Granted, its better than the Vikings.
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    You couldn’t be more wrong. All 4 were we after the AFL was allowed to play in the SB. You probably need to brush up on your NFL history. The SB was played between the AFL and NFL since the start. It just wasn’t a merged legal entity until years later.

    So list how many teams have more than 4 SB victories? It’s a short list. Hint: 3 teams.

  60. I’ve heard stories about Packers in the 1990’s that make the Cowboys look like Boy Scouts…but the cops never even batted an eyelash.

    LOL The cops are actually worse in GB because they have nothing to do. There are no stories….unless you talk about players like Favre, etc being regulars at the bars. And there certainly wasn’t a house dedicated to doing coke.

  61. Meh, a couple guys got DUIs and disorderly conduct….Tom Johnson not only got exonerated he’s filing a suit against the police that wrongfully arrested him.
    Chris Cook 2 arrests- 1 dropped, 1 acquitted
    Jerome Simpson 2 arrests- 1 guilty plea, 1 dropped
    AJ Jefferson-1 misdemeanor
    Erin Henderson-2 DUI
    Jerome Felton 1 arrest-disorderly conduct, dropped
    Benny Sapp1 arrest-disorderly conduct, not charged
    Tyrell Johnson 1 arrest-drunk driving
    Rhett Bomar 1 arrest-drunk driving
    Caleb King 1 arrest-assault
    Bryant McKinnie 1 arrest-disorderly conduct,resisting arrest
    Cedric Griffen-dunk driving
    Of all these arrests it doesn’t look like many even got charged or prosecuted and none of them is on the team any more. Of the players on the team there were 6 arrests:
    Adrian Peterson 2 arrests-1 plead to misdemeanor reckless assault, 1 charge dropped
    Everson Griffen 2 arrests-Accused of being drunk in public,charge dropped, resisting arrest at traffic stop,plead guilty paid fine,probation
    Jabari Price-misdemeanor drunk driving reduced to speeding,paid fine

    Not making any excuses,that’s a lot of arrests, just doing the reporting that didn’t make the headline as funny.

  62. afrocharles33 says:Aug 11, 2015 6:47 AM

    Hernandez was arrested for his alleged involvement, he wasn’t arrested for his conviction.

    We all know he was convicted.

    But thanks again for reminding us.

    How come he is the only one you reference convictions for ?

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    Because nobody takes any slight more personally than New England Patriot fans.

    If they were top 5 on this list we would have to listen to every possible explanation why it’s not possible and how everyone is out to get them. Then they would start a website.

    It’s like a whole fanbase with little man, little hand, and little football syndrome.

    LOL

  63. So, I’m going to be a little politically incorrect here. The fact of the matter is that the hand wringing over arrests of NFL players is overblown. If you adjust for gender, race, and age, the arrest rate for NFL players is far, far less than the general population. BTW, if you compare the arrest rate of NFL players vs. NBA players over the last 5 years, it’s pretty similar. The entire league is male. Males get arrested at a far higher rate than females. Probably about 90% of the league is in the age range of 21-30. That age range has a far higher arrest rate than the population in general. The league is 70% African American compared to about 12.5% of the general population. The arrest rate for African Americans is more than double the general population.

  64. Whiny, crybaby jealous NE haters have to come out of their holes and bring the Finest Modern NFL Franchise into this mess. Only 5 arrests and firmly planted as the bottom of this notorious list, the patriots are MODEL Franchise to which all others aspire.

    Don’t kid yourselves, boys and girls, your owner and GM want to model their organization after the New England Patriots.
    Win, win and then keep winning.

    Sucks to be a fan of any other team.

  65. thetroofishere says: Aug 11, 2015 6:50 AM

    Wow. The Cowboys are tied at #16?.You would think from the way these fans of other teams that talk about Dalas, that they would lead the league with the most arrests.

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    If they had a list of who signs the most players after they have been charged Dallas would top that list.

    Not sure I’d be so prideful that my team knowingly signs wife/gf beaters because they’re so desperate to win games.

  66. Cops don’t look the other way in Minnesota as some other States. Well, most of the time. I’m sure it happens everywhere.
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    Too bad a lot of the arrests didn’t even happen in Minnesota!

  67. What would you expect from a team who’s fan base worships and glorifies a child abuser.

    But, then again, whatever you have to do to get those 6 or 7 wins next year.

  68. I’d rather be a viking fan all day than a brainwashed stock holding stupid yellow triangle foam hat wearin ‘sconnie.

    it’s always somethin’ with this team. but, its our team and we love our vikings in minnesota.

  69. pftony says:
    Aug 11, 2015 1:13 PM
    phillybrilliance says:
    Aug 11, 2015 12:40 PM
    I’m curious as to how this is compiled. Like does Greg hardy’s arrest go to the Panthers or the cowboys? Cuz while he acted like a knucklehead while he was on the Panthers, I feel like that arrest should follow the player. I think that number would really let you know which team has the baddest group of human beings.
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    I disagree. I think the team that was mentoring the player when he goofed up should be the one held accountable, or “given credit” in this case. If a player turns his life around after a team switch, how does seem fair to the new team?
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    I hear you but it’s not as if domestic violence would have been tolerated in the Panthers locker room. That’s not a decision or crime that has anything to do with your football team. If he were to have punched cam Newton in the face (not trying to be funny) or got caught smoking weed, ok I can see how the attitudes in the locker room and lack of discipline on the team might make a player think that’s not something that would be taken seriously by the coach and or gm. But when we’re talking felonies or should-be felonies, that comes down to the player and his lack of decision making skills and shouldn’t be a reflection on the team

  70. Each year there are 1696 players on active rosters. Take that times the last five years, and there have been 8,480 players total. 260 players is only three percent of the total players on teams over the last five years. According to the FBI, the national arrest rate is 4.2%. I’m kind of surprised NFL players are under the national average. A bigger deal is made out of a player getting a DUI, I guess, opposed to your neighbor.

  71. einstein59 says:
    Aug 16, 2015 2:16 PM
    Each year there are 1696 players on active rosters. Take that times the last five years, and there have been 8,480 players total. 260 players is only three percent of the total players on teams over the last five years. According to the FBI, the national arrest rate is 4.2%. I’m kind of surprised NFL players are under the national average. A bigger deal is made out of a player getting a DUI, I guess, opposed to your neighbor.
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    The national average includes people that are poor and some would argue that causes situations that lead to more arrests. I would imagine that the NFL arrest rate would be much higher than the national average of men in the same age/income groups. Imagine how many NFL arrests we would read about if these guys weren’t making a minimum of $450,000/yr

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