Former Super Bowl-winning running back Derrick Ward pleaded ‘not guilt’ to five felony charges — Ward is accused of robbing several businesses throughout Los Angeles. He was arrested on Dec. 18. The 43-year-old is due in court Feb. 8, according to TMZ.
Ward remains in custody as of Wednesday, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records. Details of Ward’s string of robberies note that the former player did not use a weapon but devised intimidation tactics across the five stores he robbed.
The former New York Giant showed flashes of potential from the mid to late aughts. Ward joined a trio led by the bruising Brandon Jacobs and speedy Ahmad Bradshaw, with Eli Manning as their playcaller.
Ward and the Giants did the improbable in 2008, beating the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42.
The following season, Derrick Ward and teammate Brandon Jacobs both reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Ward’s trajectory in the league sunk because of injuries.