Pro Football: If allegations are true, Sam Hurd is simply an idiot

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

I know this is the time of year when we are all supposed to practice “good will toward men.” Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem for me. But this year, there is a guy I’m not sure deserves that act of kindness. His name is Sam Hurd. I want to take this guy to task. I think he’s an idiot.

The former Chicago Bears wide receiver was arrested last week on federal drug charges. These weren’t your average, run-of-the-mill possession charges. Last Thursday, Dec. 15, Hurd was in federal court to face a charge that he did “possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more” of cocaine.

At the end of July, the Bears signed Hurd to a three-year deal that included a signing bonus of $1.3 million and was scheduled to pay him base salaries of $685,000 in 2011, $865,000 in 2012 and $1 million in 2013. The Bears cut Hurd from the team Friday, Dec. 16.

Why on earth would a guy who was set to make millions of dollars over the next few years risk selling drugs? I’ll tell you why, he’s an idiot. I don’t care that he graduated from Northern Illinois University; he’s still an idiot.

There simply is no other explanation. Here’s a guy who was collecting huge paychecks to play a game. Obviously, with a high six-figure salary he didn’t need to supplement his income by doing something this stupid, not to mention illegal.

Now, instead of enjoying the fruits of his legal labor, he is being sent back to Texas to face the charges and await a trial. What a great way for him and his family to have to spend the holidays.

The 26-year-old Hurd was in his first year with the Bears and sixth year overall in the NFL. He played the previous five seasons with the Cowboys. He has put his entire career in jeopardy if convicted of these charges. Reports indicate he may be facing up to 40 years in prison. I repeat, what an idiot.

If Hurd is guilty, I hope he gets the maximum sentence — partially because of the crime he was charged with and partially because the world doesn’t need any more idiots like him walking our streets.

I’m not sure if anything good can come from this, but I hope maybe others will stop to think before becoming involved in the sale of illicit drugs. That’s a Christmas wish for Sam Hurd to think about.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Dec. 21-27, 2011, issue

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