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Darren Sharper has been removed from the William & Mary Hall of Fame after the former All-Pro pled guilty or no contest to multiple rape charges over a three-year span.
Sharper, who is a native of Richmond, Va., was a three-time all-conference selection while playing for the Tribe from 1993-96. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2008. He played 14 years in the NFL and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro.
Sharper’s name has been removed from a plaque on the wall in the athletic department and his picture also has been removed. All mentions of him have been scrubbed and he will not be mentioned in any further football programs or materials.
"After a period of thoughtful deliberation, the decision has been made to remove Darren Sharper from the William and Mary Hall of Fame," athletic director Terry Driscoll said in a statement released by the school. "We view induction into this group as the highest individual honor for a former William and Mary athlete," Driscoll's statement continued, "and criteria for selection include both athletic excellence and citizenship. In light of Darren's recent guilty plea, we decided his removal was the right course of action."
Sharper was working as an analyst with NFL Network when women began coming forward and telling of encounters with Sharper where they woke groggy and sexually abused. Sharper eventually pleaded guilty or no contest to raping or attempting to rape nine women in four states.
Last month, Hermitage High School in Richmond removed all Sharper memorabilia and photos from its “Wall of Fame.”
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