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Darren Sharper's former teammates shocked by rape case

One of the most disturbing stories in the NFL has come as a complete surprise to those who knew Sharper during his playing days.

Darren Sharper's case has shocked everyone.

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Darren Sharper was once known as a 14-year NFL veteran who was a perennial All-Pro and even won a Super Bowl. Now, he's a man at the center of a disturbing investigation.

Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles and is the focus of other rape investigations in Arizona, Louisiana and Nevada. The former safety is now sitting in an LA jail and is being held without bail while he awaits trial.

For some of Sharper's former teammates and coaches, what has transpired is shocking, to say the least.

"If their story is true and it's proven, it's a sad, sad day," said former Green Bay Packers teammate Antonio Freeman to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"I never, ever could have imagined seeing what has allegedly happened with Darren Sharper," said Troy Williams, who also was a teammate of Sharper with the Packers. "I never would have seen this coming. It's mind-boggling."

"Either way, this is going to go down as one of the worst things in NFL history. I can't think of anything to this magnitude," Williams said.

Another ex-Packers teammate, LeRoy Butler, knew Sharper as one of his "best friends."

"This guy was like the chivalry days where you'd lay down a jacket so they could walk over the puddle," Butler said. "He was always very respectful. All my kids liked him, and I have four daughters. They thought very highly of him ...

"Girls would throw themselves at him. He had no problem getting women at all. Good-looking guy. Great player. Possible Hall of Famer. He had lots of money. He had great parents -- fantastic parents. This was a guy nobody would expect this kind of stuff from."

Those who coached him are equally flabbergasted. Kurt Schottenheimer was Sharper's defensive backs coach in Green Bay and spoke to the latter's agreeable nature.

"It was easy to get on the same page as him," Schottenheimer said. "He worked hard in all aspects of preparation, film work and on-the-field work. He was the first one on the field, the last one to leave."

"It was easy to have a really good relationship with him."

(H/T to for the story)

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