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UPDATE: Former NFL WR Hurd gets 15 years in drug case

Published On: Nov 13 2013 05:15:40 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 06:08:40 PM CST
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Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has been sentenced to 15 years for his role in a drug-distribution scheme.
    
Hurd received the punishment Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Dallas.
    
He pleaded guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute cocaine and marijuana, which carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
    
Authorities say that while NFL teammates and friends knew Hurd as a hardworking wide receiver and married father, he was fashioning a separate identity as a wannabe drug kingpin.
    
He was arrested in December 2011 outside a suburban Chicago steakhouse after he tried to buy cocaine in what turned out to be a sting.
    
At the time, Hurd was a wide receiver with stints for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.