Dave Meggett
No. 30, 22     
Running back
Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-04-30) April 30, 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Career information
College: Towson
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 5 / Pick: 132
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants (19891994)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl selection (1989, 1996)
Return Touchdowns     8
PR yards     3,708
KR yards     5,566
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David Lee Meggett (born April 30, 1966) is a former professional American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants (1989–1994), New England Patriots (1995–1997), and the New York Jets (1998). He played college football at Morgan State University and Towson University.

Professional careerEdit

Meggett was used frequently as both a rusher and a receiver in his NFL career, but was primarily used to return kickoffs and punts on special teams. He led the league in punt return yards (582) in his rookie season, while gaining 577 kickoff return yards, 531 receiving yards, and 117 rushing yards, earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl. Meggett led the NFL in punt return yards again in his second season (467), helping the Giants record a 13–3 regular season record and a 20–19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. During the 1990 postseason Meggett saw his duties increase when starting running back Rodney Hampton went down with an injury. Splitting time with veteran back Ottis Anderson, he had a solid performance in the Super Bowl, recording 129 all-purpose yards (48 rushing, 18 receiving, 37 punt return, 26 kickoff return).

After four more seasons with New York, Meggett signed with the Patriots in 1995. In 1996, he had the best season of his career, recording 1,966 all-purpose yards, earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl, and helped New England gain a berth in Super Bowl XXXI. Although his team lost the game 35–21 to the Green Bay Packers, his performance was solid, recording 155 total yards (117 kick return, 30 punt return, eight receiving). Meggett spent one more year with the Patriots before joining the New York Jets in 1998, and then retiring at season's end.

In his ten NFL seasons, Meggett amassed 1,648 rushing yards, 336 receptions for 3,083 yards, 3,708 punt return yards, and 5,566 yards returning kickoffs. In total, Meggett gained 14,005 all-purpose yards and scored 29 touchdowns (eight rushing, 11 receiving, seven punt returns, one kickoff return). He also completed four of eight passes for 114 yards and four touchdowns.

At the time of his retirement, his 3,708 punt return yards were the most in NFL history; he has since been passed by Brian Mitchell.

Subsequent to his NFL career, Meggett was an assistant coach at American International College for over two years, and then moved to North Carolina.

Personal life and prison sentenceEdit

Meggett has nine children,[1] including Davin Meggett, who grew up in Clinton, Maryland. He went to Surrattsville High School and played football at the University of Maryland.[2]

Meggett was one of the favorite players of coach Bill Parcells, playing for him on three different NFL franchises. When Parcells coached the Dallas Cowboys, Meggett consulted with the team's punt returners during training camp.

In 1990, Meggett was arrested for soliciting a prostitute, but was acquitted. He was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend in 1995, but was acquitted after the judge found that the girlfriend was the aggressor and that Meggett had used "reasonable force" to keep her out of his house.[1]

In 1998, Meggett was arrested in Toronto after authorities said he allegedly assaulted an escort worker after a three-way sexual encounter. It was this incident that led to his departure from the Patriots; they promptly released him per their zero-tolerance policy for violence against women enacted after the furor of the selection of Christian Peter two years earlier. According to a 2014 report in SB Nation, the fallout from this incident led other teams to look askance at Meggett's past history with women, and was a reason why his number was never called by another NFL team after the Jets opted against resigning him.[1] A trial on the assault charge ended with a hung jury in April 2000.[3]

In later years, Meggett faced multiple legal and financial difficulties related to his failure to pay child support. He'd earned over $10 million during his NFL career, but lost it all to back child support payments. He was even forced to sell his Super Bowl ring on eBay.[1]

Meggett was the parks and recreation director in Robersonville, North Carolina. Most of his salary was diverted to pay child support.[1] He resigned in 2006, after he was accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend.[4] In 2007, he was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery in the case, receiving two years probation. Authorities said he was allowed to move back to South Carolina to serve his probation.[3] Soon afterward, in 2008, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, but prosecutors opted not to pursue the case due to questions about her credibility.[1]

In January 2009, Meggett was arrested for raping and robbing a part-time student at the College of Charleston. On November 10, 2010, Meggett was convicted of burglary and criminal sexual conduct, and sentenced to 30 years in prison.[1][5]

Meggett, South Carolina Department of Corrections ID #00343610, is serving his sentence at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, South Carolina. His earliest possible release date is July 6, 2034.[6]

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