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Darren McFadden





10 Years Pro

2017 Season

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03/16/17: Signed a one-year contract through 2017.

09/03/16: Placed on Reserve/NFI with an elbow injury and activated (12/13).

03/13/15: Signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent through 2016.


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After losing DeMarco Murray in 2015 free agency, the Dallas Cowboys called upon Darren McFadden to fill the shoes for the 2014 NFL rushing leader. McFadden came to Dallas after a seven-year career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. McFadden left Oakland as the club’s sixth-best rusher, totaling 4,247 yards while placing eighth all-time with 25 touchdowns and fourth with 1,038 carries. He began his Cowboys career as a reserve back but took over the starting role for the final 10 games of the 2015 season. He flourished in the starting spotlight, finishing the year with a career-high 239 carries and his second 1,000-yard season (1,089, second in his career and fourth in the league in 2015). In his second season in Dallas, McFadden spent the first four months of the season on Reserve/NFI with an elbow injury. He was activated on Dec. 13 and played in the final three games, starting one. Through his career, he has rushed for 100-or-more yards 18 times and rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games four times. McFadden is also a proven threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, hauling in 254 passes for 2,114 yards and five touchdowns.



  • Spent the first 14 weeks of the season on Reserve/NFI after suffering an offseason elbow injury.
  • Was activated on Dec. 13 and played in the final three games, starting one, finishing with 24 carries for 87 yards and three catches for 17.
  • Activated from Reserve/NFI on Dec. 13 and made his season debut, playing in his 100th career game, against Tampa Bay (12/18). Had three runs for 10 yards and a catch for -2.
  • Rushed 14 times for 49 yards (3.5) with a career-long 30-yard kickoff return against Detroit (12/26).
  • Started in place of Ezekiel Elliott (did not play) for the finale at Philadelphia (1/1/17) and averaged 4.0 yards- per-carry (7 for 28) with two catches for 19 yards.
  • Made his postseason debut in the Divisional Game against Green Bay (1/15/17), playing on special teams.


  • Played in all 16 games (10 starts) for the second time in his career and finished fourth in the NFL with 1,089 yards (second in his career) on a career-high 239 carries with three scores. Also caught 40 passes for 328 yards.
  • Ninth in the NFL, fourth among running backs, with 1,417 yards from scrimmage.
  • Made his Dallas debut in the season opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/13) and rushed six times for 16 yards and caught one pass for 19.
  • Against Atlanta (9/27) rushed six times for 35 yards with his first rushing score as a Cowboy.
  • Was forced to handle kick return duties after Lance Dunbar (knee) was sidelined in the second half and returned one for 23 yards. Added 10 runs for 31 yards.
  • Rushed five times for 16 yards and caught a team-high (second in his career) nine passes for 62 yards against New England (10/11).
  • Saw extended action with Joseph Randle (back) sidelined after his second carry at the N.Y. Giants (10/25) and rushed for a season-high 152 yards (fourth in his career) and a touchdown on 29 carries (tied for third) with a 5.2 yard-per-rush average. Added two catches for 10 yards.
  • Earned his first start as a Cowboy and finished with 20 carries for 64 yards (3.2) while leading the team in receptions (six) and yards (49) against Seattle (11/1).
  • For the second time in three games, topped 100 yards, finishing with 117 on 27 carries (4.3) against Philadel- phia (11/8). It was his 15th career 100-yard game and 15th 20-carry game. Also topped 20 carries for the third straight time - the longest streak in his career. With both Cole Beasley (112) and Dez Bryant (104) topping 100 yards, it marked the first time since 1999 Dallas had two 100-yard receivers and a 100-yard rusher in a game.
  • Notched his 16th career - third of the season - 100-yard outing, finishing with 129 yards on 29 carries (4.4), including a season-long 35-yarder, at Miami (11/22). His 29 carries tied for second in his career and marked his fourth game of the season with 20-plus carries to tie 2010 for the most in a season in his career.
  • Rushed 10 times for 11 yards and caught four passes for a team-high 45 yards on Thanksgiving Day against Carolina (11/26). Topped 2,000 career receiving yards to become the 88th player in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving.
  • Logged his fourth 100-yard outing of the season (second-most in his career), rushing nine times for 111 yards at Green Bay (12/13). Had a team season-long run of 50 yards (tied for fifth in his career), then added a 45-yard burst (tied for ninth) to make him the first Dallas Cowboy to post two runs of 45-plus yards in a single game. Also topped 5,000 career rushing yards to become the 71st player in NFL history with 5,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards.
  • Logged his fifth 100-yard game of the season - second-most in his career - rushing for 100 yards on 16 carries (6.3) against the N.Y. Jets (12/19). It was the fourth time in his career he had consecutive 100-yard outings, and he reached 200 carries on the season for the third time in his career.
  • Rushed 19 times for 99 yards and caught one pass for -1 yard at Buffalo (12/27), giving him a single-season career-best 227 rushes.
  • Rushed for 92 yards on 12 carries (7.7) to give him his second career 1,000-yard season. Also had five catches for 53 yards in the finale against Washington (1/3/16).

2014 (Oakland):

  • Played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and logged 12 starts in his last season with Oakland, rushing for 534 yards and two touchdowns on 155 carries.
  • Rushed for his first score of the season against Houston (9/14), then had a season-best 18 carries at New England (9/21).
  • Posted 80 yards (season-high) on 14 carries against San Diego (10/12).
  • Notched his last rushing score of the season on 14 carries for 48 yards against Arizona (10/19).

2013 (Oakland):

  • Started seven of the 10 games he played, rushing for 379 yards and five touchdowns, missing six games due to injury (four, hamstring; two, ankle).
  • In the season opener at Indianapolis (9/8), moved into 10th on the Raiders all-time rushing yards list, totaling 48 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
  • Had a season-high 129 yards - with three runs of 20-or-more - on 19 carries (6.8) against Jacksonville (9/15).
  • At Denver (9/23) became the second non-quarterback to throw a touchdown for the Raiders on a 16-yard toss to go with nine rushing yards and a touchdown.
  • Suffered a hamstring injury against Washington (9/29) then returned at Kansas City (10/13).
  • Against Pittsburgh (10/27) had 73 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to tie for ninth on the team’s all-time touchdowns and rushing yards lists.

2012 (Oakland):

  • Started all 12 games he played, missing four with an ankle injury and rushed for 707 yards and two touchdowns on 216 attempts. Also caught 42 passes for 258 yards with one score.
  • Was voted a captain by his teammates.
  • Had a career-best and club running back record 13 catches (second overall) for 86 yards in the opener against San Diego (9/10).
  • Had the second-longest run of his career on a 64-yard scoring run against Pittsburgh (9/23), en route to his 10th career 100-yard game, rushing for 113 yards on 18 carries.
  • Topped 3,000 yards for his career - the 12th player in team history - with 114 yards at Kansas City (10/28).
  • Returned from his four-game injury hiatus against Denver (12/6) and carried the ball 11 times for 52 yards.
  • Added his 12th career 100-yard game (110) on a career-high tying 30 carries against Kansas City (12/16).

2011 (Oakland):

  • Started all seven games played, missing the final nine with a foot injury, but was among league rushing leaders through the first seven games. Rushed for 614 yards on 113 carries (5.4) with four touchdowns.
  • Rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries (6.8) with three runs of 20-plus in the opener at Denver (9/12).
  • Totaled 143 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns at Buffalo (9/18), tying a career-high with seven catches for 71 yards and one score. Rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
  • Took home AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors against the N.Y. Jets (9/25) after rushing for a career-best 171 yards (ninth in team history) on 19 carries (9.0) with two scores. Had a career-long 70-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

2010 (Oakland):

  • Started a career-high 13 games, missing three games due to injury (two, hamstring; one, toe), and rushed 223 times for 1,157 yards (fifth in Raiders history) and seven touchdowns.
  • Became the first Raider since 1997 to post six 100-yard games in a season and named FedEx Ground Player of the Week twice.
  • Led the NFL with nine runs of 30-plus yards and was second on the team with 47 catches for 507 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Had 150 yards of total offense in the opener at Tennessee (9/12).
  • Rushed a career-high 30 times for 145 yards against St. Louis (9/19) then rushed for his second straight 100- yard game with 105 yards and a touchdown at Arizona (9/26).
  • Missed games against San Diego (10/10) and at San Francisco (10/17) with a hamstring injury but returned at Denver (10/24) to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Tied franchise records with four total touchdowns and 24 points, rushing for a then career-best 165 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. His fourth score was on a 19-yard reception.
  • Notched his second straight 100-yard performance (second time this season with back-to-back 100-yard ef- forts) with 111 yards on 21 carries against Seattle (10/31).
  • Had 209 scrimmage yards at Jacksonville (12/12) and scored three touchdowns, including one on a career-long 67-yard catch.
  • Posted his sixth 100-yard game of the season with 119 yards on 20 runs against Denver (12/19).

2009 (Oakland):

  • Started seven of the 12 games he played, finishing third on the team with 357 yards on 104 carries with one touchdown. Also caught 21 passes for 245 yards.
  • Missed four games with a knee injury.
  • Scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run at Kansas City (9/20).
  • Caught a season-best four passes for 43 yards at Dallas (11/26).
  • At Denver (12/20) had season-highs for carries (12) and yards (74) with a season-long 28-yard burst.

2008 (Oakland):

  •  DARREN McFADDENPlayed in 13 games with five starts as a rookie, placing second on the team with 499 yards on 113 carries and a team-best four rushing scores. Also placed second with 29 catches for 285 yards.
  • Missed three games with a toe injury.
  • Made his NFL debut in a start in the season opener against Denver (9/8) and had nine carries for 46 yards (5.1).
  • Rushed for a season-best 164 yards (10th in Raiders history) on a season-high 21 carries and scored his first career touchdown on a 19-yard run at Kansas City (9/14). Also had a season-long run and was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week.
  • Had two one-yard touchdown runs at Denver (11/23) for his first multi-score game.


  • Won consecutive Doak Walker Awards and twice finished as a runner-up for the Heisman after setting numerous Arkansas school and Southeastern Conference records.
  • In three collegiate seasons, rushed for 4,590 yards and 41 touchdowns on 785 carries (5.9) and caught 46 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Also returned 38 kickoffs for 926 yards and a touchdown. Complet- ed 14-of-22 passes for 205 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • Amassed 5,881 all-purpose yards (154.8 per-game) with 44 overall touchdowns.
  • Rushed for 100-plus yards in 22 (of 38) games, topping 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons to join Herschel Walker (1980-82) as the only SEC players to ever rush for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
  • Had a school-record 1,830 rush yards in 2007 and won the Doak Walker award for the second time, joining Ricky Williams (1997-98) as the only players to win twice. Won his first as a sophomore - the first ever.


  • Was a two-time all-state, all-area and all-south choice at Pulaski Oak Grove High School in North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Was the only player from Arkansas to be named to the Parade All-American team in 2004, rushing for 1,965 yards and 27 touchdowns on 184 carries.
  • He and his wife, Tanya, have three sons, Diesel, Darreus and Deuce, a stepson, Isreal and a stepdaughter, Rosie.


  • 2015-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
  • 2015 Served an early Thanksgiving meal at The Salvation Army.
  • WrestleMania 32 week community event at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
  • 2016 The Salvation Army Disaster Relief for Garland tornado victims.
  • 2016 Byron Nelson Pro-Am.
  • 2016 Dirk Nowitzki Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game.
  • 2017 Texas Special Olympics Summer Games Opening Ceremony.
  • 2017 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party - first rounders discussion.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.


Career Stats


Recent Games

7@SFW 40-10------------
5GBL 31-35------------
4LAL 30-35------------
3@ARIW 28-17------------
2@DENL 17-42------------
1NYGW 19-3------------


TOTAL 1021,30112.85,4234.253.2287023117.8461117


TOTAL 1022542,1148.320.7675163873


TOTAL 102412501640.21250-16001583.3

kick returns

TOTAL 102511222.43004000


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TOTAL 1022015-30000201


TOTAL 10220191000000-0


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008/03/2017ARIW 18-20113-6-20-------
108/12/2017@LAL 10-1311628-7018-80--
208/19/2017INDW 19-2411959-14014-4011
308/26/2017OAKW 20-2410221-180-------
TOTAL 4320102-180212-8011
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