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Darren Mickell
No. 92, 99, 98     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-08-03) August 3, 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
High School: Miami Senior High School
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
College: University of Florida
Supplemental Draft: 1992 / Round: 2
Debuted in 1992 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Last played in 2001 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • SEC championship (1991)
Career NFL statistics as of 2001
Games played     89
Games started     61
Tackles     178
Quarterback sacks     26.0
Forced fumbles     11
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Darren Mickell (born August 3, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Mickell played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints, the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

Early years Edit

Mickell was born in Miami, Florida in 1970.[1] He attended Miami Senior High School, and played high school football for the Miami Stingarees.[2]

College career Edit

Mickell received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football teams in 1990 and 1991.[3] Mickell was a highly regarded recruit who was signed by the Gators' previous head coach, Galen Hall, but he did not qualify academically and was ineligible to play under the NCAA's Proposition 48 legislation during his freshman season in 1989. Spurrier subsequently benched him for the first five games of the 1991 season for his failure to attend classes as required. After his return to the playing field, Mickell was one of the defensive heroes in the Gators' 14–9 upset of the Florida State Seminoles in November 1991—widely regarded as one of the closest and hardest-fought games in the Florida-Florida State series. Mickell lettered in 1990 and 1991, and left school a year early, after being suspended for the 1992 season for undisclosed violations of team rules.[4]

Professional career Edit

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mickell in the second round of the 1992 NFL Supplemental Draft,[4] and he played for the Chiefs for four seasons from 1992 to 1995.[5] Mickell was traded to the New Orleans Saints after the 1995 season, and was a consistent starter for the Saints from 1996 to 1998. He signed with the San Diego Chargers a one-year deal as a free agent in 2000,[6] and the Oakland Raiders in 2001. In his eight NFL seasons, Mickell played in eighty-nine regular season games, started sixty-one of them, and recorded 178 tackles and eleven forced fumbles.[1]

Life after football Edit

Mickell is the father of four children: eldest son Darren C. Mickell, Delesha Mickell, Dereon Mickell and Anyae Mickell.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Darren Mickell. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  2. databaseFootball.com, Players, Darren Mickell. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  3. 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 98, 154, 184 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Chiefs take former Gator Mickell in draft," The Gainesville Sun, p. 1C (August 25, 1992). Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  5. National Football League, Historical Players, Darren Mickell. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  6. Associated Press, "Chargers sign Chancey, Mickell," Lodi News-Sentinel, p. 14 (February 26, 2000). Retrieved July 20, 2010.

Bibliography Edit

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
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