|No. 46, 52|
|Date of birth:September 10, 1984|
|Place of birth: Long Beach, California|
|College: Southern California|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Oakland Raiders ( 2006)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* College awards and honors|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Darnell Bing (born September 10, 1984) is a former gridiron football linebacker. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.
Bing attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He was a part of a Poly team that had five players ranked in the top 100 in the nation according to Rivals.com: tight end Marcedes Lewis, offensive tackle Winston Justice, defensive tackle Manuel Wright, running back Hershel Dennis and himself. Bing was a member of the USC football team in college along with all of these high school teammates, except for Lewis who played for USC's crosstown archrival, UCLA.
Bing played safety for the USC Trojans, and received permission from USC athletic director Mike Garrett (USC's 1965 Heisman Trophy-winning tailback) to wear Garrett's retired No. 20 jersey. He was ruled academically ineligible his first year, but Bing started on all three other years of his collegiate career and was on two national championship teams. He was named a Jim Thorpe Award finalist as the nation's best collegiate football defensive back and an All-American in 2005. He was an early entry candidate in the 2006 NFL Draft, winding up in the fourth round.
In his final season at Southern California, Bing had an interception in the final minutes of the game against Fresno State that sealed the win for the Trojans.
Awards and honors
- Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2003)
- Sporting News Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2003)
- Sporting News Freshman All-American (2003)
- Second-team All-Pac-10 (2004)
- First-team All-Pac-10 (2005)
- First-team AP All-American (2005)
- Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist (2005)
- Lott Trophy quarterfinalist (2005)
He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the 101st pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. Although he was a safety in college, the Oakland Raiders planned to convert him to an outside linebacker, but before the 2007 season they moved him back to safety. Prior to the 2006 season, the Raiders placed Bing on the injured reserve list with a neck injury. On July 25, 2007 the Raiders released him.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers claimed Bing off waivers on July 26, 2007. They released him on September 1 and re-signed him to the practice squad, where he spent the entire 2007 season.
New York Jets
On January 9, 2008, the New York Jets signed Bing to a future contract. He was waived by the team on July 29.
Bing was signed by the Detroit Lions on August 4, 2008 after the team placed linebacker Teddy Lehman on injured reserve. As the Raiders had unsuccessfully tried, the Lions also converted him to linebacker. He began the season on the team's practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on December 8, 2008 when linebacker Alex Lewis was placed on injured reserve. He was released on October 6, 2009.
Bing signed a contract for the 2010 season on January 8, 2010. He was released at the end of the preseason and signed to the practice squad on October 14. On February 18, 2011, Bing was released from the Texans roster.
- Adams, Bruce (September 3, 2006). "Raiders Notebook". San Francisco Chronicle. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2006/09/03/SPGBKKUEIH1.DTL.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20120309085520/http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/01/09/nfl-transactions-for-january-8-2010. Retrieved 2010-01-09.