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Darren Sproles has been making defenders miss for a quarter century

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Eagles running back Darren Sproles turns 34 today, which is ancient for an NFL running back: Sproles and Frank Gore are the only 34-year-old running backs currently under contract to any NFL team.

So Sproles has a lot of experience making defenders miss. And today, in honor of his birthday, the Eagles revealed just how much experience by posting a video of Sproles’ Pop Warner highlights. The video is amusing mostly for how inept the other kids look trying to tackle Sproles, who had the same speed and shiftiness as an elementary schooler that he has today.

Sproles, wearing a helmet and shoulder pads that look oversized on his tiny body, looks into the camera and says, “I am Darren, I’m #43 and I’m a running back.” The rest of the video consists of Sproles making the opposing defense look like, well, a bunch of uncoordinated little kids trying to catch a future Pro Bowler.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2015 that Sproles’ Pop Warner league in Olathe, Kansas, changed its rules to prevent him from running outside the tackles because he went entire games without anyone being able to bring him down. That sounds like an awfully extreme measure for a youth league to take, but these highlights show there was no other way to stop young Darren Sproles.

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14 Responses to “Darren Sproles has been making defenders miss for a quarter century”
  1. tmi3rd says: Jun 20, 2017 5:21 PM

    Darren Sproles is also one of the nicest men you’d ever want to meet. He’s a true gentleman, and there isn’t a Saints fan among the Who Dat Nation who wasn’t tremendously sad to see him go.

    He’s a very easy guy to cheer for, and it’s always impressive to see him come back to Kansas to work with kids on their football skills.

  2. eljefedelmundo says: Jun 20, 2017 5:22 PM

    Saints never should have let him go.

    He is so gifted it borders on super powers

  3. winningisabrees says: Jun 20, 2017 5:54 PM

    Boy we messed up letting him go, signed a stuck in 2011 saints fan

  4. billymutt says: Jun 20, 2017 6:13 PM

    Gifted player, and a fun video – his talent is evident even at that young age. Well done.

  5. cmonitsfunny says: Jun 20, 2017 6:17 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation

  6. saltineamerican says: Jun 20, 2017 6:19 PM

    He’s the reason “Participation Trophies” are the current norm in youth sports.

  7. abninf says: Jun 20, 2017 6:49 PM

    tmi3rd says:

    Who Dat Nation

    Why don’t you guys say Saints Nation or something cool without ebonics?

  8. sb44champs says: Jun 20, 2017 7:33 PM

    Kamara is our new Sproles

  9. David Finch, RN says: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 PM


    “Who Dat” is actually from Vaudeville. It has nothing to do with ebonics.

    It originated from a skit the performers would do (white folk) wearing black-face, bumping into one another in the dark saying, “Who dat!?”

    History, get some.

  10. sellingadream says: Jun 20, 2017 8:50 PM

    Why did the Chargers ever let him walk in free agency?

  11. therealtrenches says: Jun 20, 2017 8:57 PM

    @David Finch

    Ebonics is a term coined in the early 1970s by a linguist and a psychologist to describe the dialect of English developed by African-Americans from the beginnings of the slave trade to the present.

    And the phrase “Who Dat,” which certainly predates Vaudeville, is a perfect example of Ebonics.

    No doubt, tmi3rd used the term as a put down, but it wasn’t intended as one originally.

    Learn your history before you go popping off on someone else for not knowing any.

  12. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jun 21, 2017 7:46 AM

    Marcus Dupree once had a High School game where he was not tackled. He returned kicks and punts as well as being a Running Back.
    Touched the ball 12 times and scored every time.
    No rules were changed.

  13. 23rdusernameused says: Jun 21, 2017 8:45 AM

    HBD SPROLES! Hope you have a great healthy season!

  14. metalup666 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:48 PM

    “And the phrase “Who Dat,” which certainly predates Vaudeville, is a perfect example of Ebonics.”

    It was first coined in New Orleans and used in poetry, traveling shows, and Vaudeville.

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