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Darnell Stapleton is a free agent NFL offensive lineman who played for two seasons as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Stapleton was picked up by the Steelers as a free agent in 2007 and would start twelve games in 2008 on the road to winning a Super Bowl Title. Darnell was a top collegiate offensive lineman, paving running holes for current Baltimore Raven Ray Rice while at Rutgers. Prior to Rutgers, Stapleton was an all-county selection out of Union High School in New Jersey and would play for Hudson Valley Community College for two seasons before enrolling at Rutgers.
2008 Season: Started 12 games out of 14 at Offensive Right Guard.
Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft…made the team’s 53-man roster out of the 2007 training camp but did not dress for any of the regular-season games…dressed but did not see action in the AFC Wild Card Game against Jacksonville.
COLLEGE: 2006: Rutgers' starting center in all 13 games...Finalist for the Rimington Trophy...Center of an offensive line that allowed just eight sacks, the fewest amount in the nation…RU tailback Ray Rice rushed for 1,794 yards, the second-highest total in the nation and a BIG EAST single-season record…Awarded the David Bender Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman at Rutgers... Contributed to Rutgers win over Howard (9/23), as the Scarlet Knights scored 56 points, the most points scored in the Greg Schiano era...In Rutgers' win over Louisville (11/9), contributed to a blocking effort that allowed Ray Rice to rush for 75 yards in the fourth quarter...Served on a line that averaged over 180 rushing yards per game this season. 2005: Emerged as the starting center in preseason camp and started all 12 games... Helped pave the way for RU to accumulate a season-best 574 yards of total offense, including 337 yards rushing, in the Scarlet Knights' regular-season finale against Cincinnati (11/26)...Also served on an RU offensive line that opened the way for 532 yards of total offense, including 158 on the ground in the Insight Bowl vs. Arizona State (12/27)…Played important role in an offensive line that recorded seven 100-yard rushing performances and produced RU's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1994.
Personal: Started at center and tackle for two seasons at Hudson Valley Community College, which captured the conference and Region III Championship in 2004…Played and started in 11 games in 2004…Selected to First Team All-Northeast Football Conference…Named preseason NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American…Finished his career as the only player in Hudson Valley history to start 21 consecutive games…Offense averaged 280.3 yards per game, including 169.7 rushing yards per game…Team finished 8-3 in 2004 and 8-2 in 2003, when he earned Second Team All-League honors…Named First Team All-Watchung Conference and First Team All-Union County as a senior…Played in New Jersey's North-South All-Star Game…
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