Former NFL All-Decade Team Safety Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday, August 18. The 40-year-old fallen star was handed down the judgement following U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo's rejection of a plea deal that would have allowed for the Virginia native's release after nine years. Sharper plead guilty to conspiracy and distribution of Alprazolam, Diazepam, and Zolpidem with the intent to commit rape, back in March of 2015.
The charges that lead to a conviction stem from up to 16 women coming forward to accuse Sharper of drugging, and in some cases, sexting them on separate occasions between October 2013 and January 2014. Before Sharper admitted to the crimes, prosecutors were primed to go to court with the case, having discovered a trail of incidents across Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana, and California. "They didn't deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions," Sharper cried, having just learned of his fate for the next two decades. "I still don't know why I lived my life right for 38 years, and then I took this path."
Through 14 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints between 1997 and 2010, Sharper established himself as one of the best defensive players in the game. He was a Super Bowl champion  and a 5-time Pro Bowler, who at the time of his retirement held firm at number six on the all-time interceptions list. In 2016, Sharper made the Hall of Fame ballot. It remains to be seen whether the committee will at some point elect to vote him into the Hall, considering the fact that off-field behavior is not supposed to be taken into account in the process.