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Harrington Darnell Autry (born June 19, 1976) is a former American football player who played college football at Northwestern University. In his sophomore season, he helped lead the 1995 Northwestern Wildcats to the Big Ten Conference Championship and the 1996 Rose Bowl. Autry finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting for 1995 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated after a Northwestern victory over Penn State. Autry finished seventh in the 1996 Heisman Trophy balloting.[1]

Darnell Autry
Born: (1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 43)
Career information
Position(s)Running back
CollegeNorthwestern University
NFL draft1997 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
Career history
As player
1997Chicago Bears
2000Philadelphia Eagles
Career stats
Rushing attempts224
Rushing yards653
Rushing touchdowns4
Receiving yards334
Receiving touchdowns1

In his junior season, he led Northwestern to another share of the Big Ten championship. After the season, Autry sued the NCAA to be allowed to act in a movie since he was a theater major and he did not want to lose NCAA eligibility. The NCAA initially rejected his claims but eventually relented.[2] He was then drafted in the 1997 NFL Draft where he had little success playing for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.[3]


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