Darren Waller is football’s prodigal son. After an injury in 2015, Darren went through suspensions from the NFL. One was for the entire 2017 season due to violating NFL substance-abuse policies.
Today, he has taken control of his life and is an inspiration for many who battle addiction. When he has free time, Darren is a motivational speaker talking about his well-publicized fight with drug dependency.
It’s really great to see Darren smiling and being triumphant in life again. His personal experience with addiction is a testament to all of us that we can fight dependancy issues in our own lives.
A perfect match for the Raiders family spirit. His attitude these days?
“Let the results take care of itself, but I just try to be a good teammate first and foremost and be a part of the family. That’s what it’s all about for me.”
Did You Know?
Darren was with the Baltimore Ravens prior to his year-long suspension from the NFA. The Raiders saw something in Darren and had trust in him that his triumph over drug dependence is permanent.
There are actually two policies involving drug usage in the NFL: The “National Football League Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances” and “National Football League Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.” The first covers the performance enhancing drugs that are used to cheat in the game, while the other one is the fun stuff that the government prohibits. Darren had too much fun.
Music in the Family
Darren remains close with his mother pictured on right. Fats Waller, the famous jazz musician, is the great-grandfather of Dorian Waller (Darren’s dad). See below a music video Darren made in 2019 but keep checking, there’s more. It might not be jazz like what his grandfather created, but it’s still good music. He’s young, talented and has many years to dazzle us with his talent.
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